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Liberty Continues to Lead Sasser Cup Race
Winning 70 percent of this year's Big South Conference championships has given Liberty a sizeable lead in the race for this year's Sasser Cup championship, as released by the league office earlier today.
Through the completion of the winter sports season, Liberty leads all member institutions in the race for the league's 2007-08 George F. "Buddy" Sasser Cup Trophy.
The Flames have accumulated 109.5 points in 10 sports for a conference-best 10.95 average, ahead of second-place Coastal Carolina (8.78 average, 79.0 total points in nine sports) and third-place Winthrop (8.56 average, 77.0 total points in nine sports).
Liberty, which won its fifth Sasser Cup in 2002-03, has captured seven of the league's 10 conference championships thus far in 2007-08.
The Flames won five out of six conference titles during the fall season, beginning with a sweep at the cross country championships. Liberty captured its fourth Big South title in volleyball program history inside the Vines Center, while claiming program-first crowns in men's soccer and football.
Conference dynasties reigned for Liberty during the winter season. The women's basketball team captured its 11th league title in 12 seasons, while the men's track and field program won the league championship for the 11th-straight year the conference has sponsored the sport.
Rounding out the remainder of the standings outside of the top three are High Point, who stands in fourth place with an average of 8.39 (75.5 total points in nine sports), followed by Radford at 7.67 (69.0 points in nine sports).
UNC Asheville holds the sixth position with a 5.00 average (45.0 points in nine sports), while VMI is seventh at 4.69 (37.5 points in eight sports). Charleston Southern stands eighth at 4.61 (41.5 points in nine sports).
In addition to the overall lead, Liberty leads the Men's All-Sports Award race. LU's current average of 10.70 (53.5 points in five men's sports) is ahead of Winthrop's 9.25 average (37.0 points in four sports). Radford is third in the men's race with a 7.75 average (31.0 points in four sports). Liberty has captured the Men's All-Sports Award twice since its inception in 2003-04 (2003-04 and 2004-05).
The Lady Flames overtook Coastal Carolina for the lead in the Women's All-Sports Award chase, as Liberty sits atop the standings with an 11.20 average (56.0 points in five sports). Coastal is second at 10.20 (51 points in five sports), while High Point remains in third place with an average of 9.00 (45 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 is 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 Big South titles will be awarded during the spring season, with the Flames having a chance to capture seven of those titles (Liberty does not sponsor women's golf).
2007-08 Sasser Cup Standings
(through winter competition)
1. Liberty 10.95
2. Coastal Carolina 8.78
3. Winthrop 8.56
4. High Point 8.39
5. Radford 7.67
6. UNC Asheville 5.00
7. VMI 4.69
8. Charleston Southern 4.61
Women's All-Sports Award
1. Liberty 11.20
2. Coastal Carolina 10.20
3. High Point 9.00
4. Winthrop 8.00
5. Radford 7.60
6. Charleston Southern 5.20
7. UNC Asheville 4.60
8. VMI 4.30
Men's All-Sports Award
1. Liberty 10.70
2. Winthrop 9.25
3. Radford 7.75
4. High Point 7.63
5. Coastal Carolina 7.00
6. UNC Asheville 5.50
7. VMI 4.90
8. Charleston Southern 3.88