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Liberty Leads Sasser Cup Standings Through Winter Sports

March 23, 2007
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Liberty Leads Sasser Cup Standings Through Winter Sports
Through the completion of winter sports competition, Liberty leads the Big South Conference member institutions in the race for the League's 2006-07 George F. "Buddy" Sasser Cup Trophy. Under the league's new point system that is based on a ratio of average points for each school's total number of sponsored sports, the Flames have accumulated 106.00 points in 10 sports for a conference-best 10.60 average, ahead of second-place Winthrop (10.39, 93.5 points in nine sports) and third-place Coastal Carolina (10.22, 92.0 points in nine sports). Liberty, which last won the Sasser Cup in 2002-03, won the men's and women's cross country titles and men's indoor track crown this season.

High Point stands in fourth-place with an average of 8.39 (75.5 points in nine points), followed by UNC Asheville at 7.78 (70 points in nine sports). Radford holds the sixth position with a 7.33 average (66 points in nine sports), while Birmingham-Southern is seventh with an average of 6.92 (41.5 points in six sports). Charleston Southern stands eighth at 4.39 (39.5 points in nine sports), ahead of VMI's 4.25 average (34 points in eight sports).

In addition to the overall lead, Liberty leads the women's All-Sports Award race. Liberty's current average of 11.70 (58.5 points in five women's sports) is ahead of Coastal Carolina's 10.50 average (52.5 points in five sports). UNC Asheville is third in the women's race with a 10.30 average (51.5 points in five sports).

Winthrop, with championships in men's soccer and men's basketball, stands first in the men's All-Sports Award chase with an 11.00 average (44 points in four men's sports). Coastal Carolina is second with a 9.88 average (39.5 points in four sports), while Liberty is third with an average of 9.50 (47.5 points in five sports).

The Sasser Cup Trophy, named for former Big South Commissioner Buddy Sasser, is awarded to the Big South member institution with the most successful year athletically based on a points and ratio system. Points are awarded based on both regular-season and tournament finish in each of the league's 18 championships, based on the number of teams participating in the regular-season and tournament, respectively. A school must be eligible to participate in a specific sport championship to receive Sasser Cup points in that sport. There shall be a weighted factor of 1.5 for those sports that only participate in regular-season play (football) or a tournament (cross country, track, golf), but not both. Teams tied in regular-season or tournament play shall split the points earned. Each member's point totals are then divided by the number of sports sponsored by that school to determine the average.

Eight championships will be crowned later this spring. The current Sasser Cup and the Women's and Men's All-Sports Awards standings are listed below. The standings are through the Big South's 10 fall and winter sport championships.