SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Furman’s men’s programs and Samford’s women’s programs lead the Southern Conference all-sport races after the completion of the fall 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 22 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.
Furman’s men, seeking their first Commissioner’s Cup since winning their only one in 1990-91, lead the standings after an impressive fall that saw the Paladins claim titles in all three sports. Furman won its sixth straight men’s cross country title before adding the men’s soccer tournament crown and a share of the football championship. The Paladins, who finished third in the soccer regular-season standings, accumulated 28.03 points, good for a .400 percentage.
Three-time defending Commissioner’s Cup champion ETSU is close behind with a .378 percentage after totaling 26.46 points in the fall. The Bucs claimed a share of their first-ever football title and turned in runner-up finishes in cross country and men’s soccer.
Mercer is third with a .263 percentage, bolstered by the 10 points it earned for its regular-season men’s soccer title. Wofford, which claimed a share of the football championship, is in fourth place with a .237 percentage.
Samford is fifth despite not fielding a men’s soccer team. The Bulldogs finished third in cross country and fourth in football to post a .210 percentage. UNCG, which doesn’t field a football team, is sixth at .161, followed by VMI in seventh at .122.
Chattanooga (.106), Western Carolina (.103) and The Citadel (.078), none of which field a men’s soccer team, round out the standings.
In the Germann Cup race, Samford leads after the fall season as it seeks its first women’s all-sport title since 2014-15 and its third overall. The Bulldogs won their fifth straight regular-season soccer title to claim 10 points and capped a runner-up volleyball finish with a tournament title to add another 10.89. Samford was third in the cross country meet and totaled 28.89 points for a .413 percentage.
Three-time defending Germann Cup champion Furman is in second place with 24.22 points and a .346 percentage. The Paladins won their sixth consecutive cross country championship and added third-place finishes in women’s soccer and volleyball.
Volleyball regular-season champion ETSU is just a shade behind Furman in third with 23.50 points and a .336 percentage. UNCG, which finished second in the soccer regular season and won its second straight tournament title, is fourth with a .286 percentage.
Cross country runner-up Chattanooga is fifth at .233, followed by Western Carolina in sixth at .211. Mercer is seventh at .196, with The Citadel (.066) and VMI (.057) completing the standings.
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 49-year history of the award, including current members ETSU (2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16 and 1982-83), Chattanooga (2014-15 and 2004-05) and Furman (1990-91).
Five schools have won the Germann Cup in its 32-year history. Among current schools, Furman owns a league-best 16, 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 fall sports)
1. Furman 0.400
2. ETSU 0.378
3. Mercer 0.263
4. Wofford 0.237
5. Samford 0.210
6. UNCG 0.161
7. VMI 0.122
8. Chattanooga 0.106
9. Western Carolina 0.103
10. The Citadel 0.078
Germann Cup (through fall sports)
1. Samford 0.413
2. Furman 0.346
3. ETSU 0.336
4. UNCG 0.286
5. Chattanooga 0.233
6. Western Carolina 0.211
7. Wofford 0.200
8. Mercer 0.196
9. The Citadel 0.066
10. VMI 0.057