SPARTANBURG, S.C. – ETSU’s men’s programs and Samford’s women continue to lead the Southern Conference all-sport races after the completion of the winter championship seasons.
The Commissioner’s and Germann cups are awarded annually to the Southern Conference schools fielding the league’s best all-around men’s and women’s sports programs, respectively. Scoring is conducted on a percentage basis, with only the top seven sports for each school counting toward its season total. The SoCon sponsors 21 total sports, with the league’s three co-ed rifle teams counting toward the Commissioner’s Cup standings and the two women’s rifle teams counting toward the Germann Cup.
Each sport is worth 10 points, with each spot in the standings given equal measure relative to how many schools sponsor that particular sport. For sports that determine a regular-season champion, a two-point bonus is awarded for winning the league tournament. Each school’s total for the year is divided by 70, the maximum number of points possible when counting seven sports, to find its percentage.
Defending Commissioner’s Cup champion ETSU continues to lead this year’s standings, as it did after the fall championships. After earning a third-place finish in the men’s indoor track and field championship, the Bucs earned a share of the men’s basketball regular-season championship and won the basketball tournament to complement their regular-season men’s soccer title and third-place cross country finish from the fall. With 39.83 total points accrued and a .569 percentage, ETSU holds a healthy lead on second-place Furman heading into the spring championship season.
The Paladins also claimed a share of the men’s basketball regular-season title and finished fourth at the indoor track and field championship to move up one spot in the Commissioner’s Cup standings from the fall. Furman, also the men’s cross country team champion, has 33.03 total points, good for a .472 percentage.
Wofford slipped one spot third place but is close on Furman’s heels with a .438 percentage.
The biggest mover in the winter standings was The Citadel, which was the only league school to score points in all four winter sports. The Bulldogs jumped three spots to fourth, highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the SoCon Rifle Championship. The Citadel has a .421 percentage.
Chattanooga, which finished third in the wrestling regular season, is right behind The Citadel at .419.
Samford follows in sixth at .406, followed by Mercer (.313), rifle runner-up VMI (.308), men’s basketball tri-champion UNCG (.290) and men’s indoor track and field champion Western Carolina (.260).
Fall Germann Cup leader Samford added the women’s indoor track and field title to its total to move to 42.86 points and a .612 percentage but saw second-place ETSU edge closer. The Bulldogs, who won the women’s soccer and volleyball tournament championships, won the women’s soccer regular-season and finished second in cross country in the fall, are trying for their second Germann Cup title in three years and their third overall.
ETSU, seeking its first Germann Cup win, posted third-place finishes in both women’s basketball and indoor track and field in the winter to move to 42.28 total points and a .604 percentage. The Bucs won the volleyball regular-season title and were runners-up to Samford in women’s soccer.
Chattanooga shared the women’s basketball regular-season title and won its record fifth straight tournament title to push its percentage to .500. Defending Germann Cup champion Furman, which won the cross country title in the fall, slipped one spot to fourth at .465.
Volleyball regular-season runner-up UNCG is in fifth at .396, followed by women’s basketball co-champion Mercer (.333), indoor track and field runner-up Western Carolina (.301), Wofford (.270), VMI (.244) and The Citadel (.110).
The Commissioner’s Cup was inaugurated in 1970 and the Germann Cup was first awarded in 1987. The latter is named for former SoCon Commissioner Ken Germann, who served as commissioner of the Southern Conference from 1974-86 and spearheaded the effort to introduce women’s athletics to the league.
Six schools have won the Commissioner’s Cup in the 47-year history of the award, including current members Chattanooga (2014-15 and 2004-05), ETSU (2015-16 and 1982-83) and Furman (1990-91).
Five schools have won the Germann Cup in its 30-year history. Among current schools, Furman owns a league-best 14, including 12 straight from 1992-2004. Samford has won two (2014-15 and 2009-10) and Chattanooga won in 2007-08.
Commissioner’s Cup (through winter sports)
1. ETSU .569
2. Furman .472
3. Wofford .438
4. The Citadel .421
5. Chattanooga .419
6. Samford .406
7. Mercer .313
8. VMI .308
9. UNCG .290
10. Western Carolina .260
Germann Cup (through winter sports)
1. Samford .612
2. ETSU .604
3. Chattanooga .500
4. Furman .465
5. UNCG .396
6. Mercer .333
7. Western Carolina .301
8. Wofford .270
9. VMI .244
10. The Citadel .110