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Liberty Claims 2007-08 Big South Sasser Cup

May 29, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(from left to right) Director of Athletics Jeff Barber, Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Bill Gribbin, Executive Vice President Dr. Ron Godwin and Senior Woman Administrator Meredith Hollyfield hold up Liberty’s three trophies presented to the University this evening.

(from left to right) Director of Athletics Jeff Barber, Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Bill Gribbin, Executive Vice President Dr. Ron Godwin and Senior Woman Administrator Meredith Hollyfield hold up Liberty's three trophies presented to the University this evening.

Click here to view WSET ABC 13's television spot honoring Liberty's 2007-08 Big South Sasser Cup win

For the sixth time in Athletics Department history, Liberty finished an athletic year as the Big South's premiere program, winning the 2007-08 Sasser Cup trophy.

The honor, the pinnacle accolade handed out at the Big South Spring Meetings Award and Hall of Fame Dinner, was presented this evening at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Liberty also claimed the Men's All-Sport and Women's All-Sport trophies, becoming the second program in Big South history to claim the "Triple Crown" by winning the conference's top three program honors in the same year. Coastal Carolina was the first program to do so, during the 2005-06 athletic year.

"It is indeed a great honor for Liberty University to bring home the 2007-08 Sasser Cup, as this is the highest award given by the Big South Conference for athletics achievement," remarked Jeff Barber, Liberty's Director of Athletics.

"It takes a combined effort by our coaches, student-athletes and administration to earn this award," continued Barber. "I am extremely proud of each and everyone who played a part in this honor. I am grateful for their contributions and commitment to Liberty Athletics."

This year, Liberty averaged 9.97 Sasser Cup points and accumulated a total of 169.50 points based on its finish in conference championships, winning by 0.47 points over second-place Coastal Carolina.

The Flames earned eight Big South championships in 2007-08, taking the conference's football, men's and women's cross country, men's soccer, volleyball, men's indoor track, women's basketball and men's outdoor track crowns. In addition, Liberty finished as the league runner-up at championships in women's indoor track, softball and baseball.

The Flames' wrestling program, which competes as an independent, also joined in on the Athletics Departments winning ways, claiming its second NCAA East Regional Championship to give Liberty nine total team championship among its 18 NCAA Division I program.

Liberty and Coastal Carolina have evenly traded possession of the Cup over the last decade, with Liberty winning six times to Coastal Carolina's five Sasser triumphs. However, the Chanticleers have had a stranglehold on the Cup, winning the past four years and five out of the last six.

Coastal Carolina finished second in the race with a 9.50 average points and totaled 161.50 points, eight overall points behind Liberty. Winthrop was third at 8.44 points, followed by High Point (7.38) and Radford (7.21).

The Flames earned the Men's All-Sports trophy with their average of 9.61 points (86.5 points overall in nine sports), edging out Coastal Carolina's 9.00 average points (72 points overall in eight sports).

Liberty won five regular-season and tournament titles in men's competition to win its first Men's All-Sports trophy since 2004-05 and third overall. Winthrop was third in the Men's All-Sports race with its 8.00 average points (64 total points in eight sports).

Liberty also won its first-ever Women's All-Sports trophy, finishing with an average of 10.38 points and 83 overall points in eight women's sports. Coastal Carolina was second with an average of 9.94 points (89.5 points in nine sports), followed by Winthrop at 8.83 points (79.5 points in nine 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 an average points 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 the sport. There is a weighted factor of 1.5 for those sports which 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 split the points earned.

2007-08 Sasser Cup Standings
1. Liberty 9.97
2. Coastal Carolina 9:50
3. Winthrop 8.44
4. High Point 7.38
5. Radford 7.21
6. Charleston Southern 5.62
7. VMI 5.41
8. UNC Asheville 4.25

Women's All-Sport Award
1. Liberty 10.38

2. Coastal Carolina 9.94
3. Winthrop 8.83
4. High Point 7.88
5. Radford 6.67
6. Charleston Southern 6.17
7. VMI 4.00
8. UNC Asheville 3.93

Men's All-Sports Award
1. Liberty 9.61

2. Coastal Carolina 9.00
3. Winthrop 8.00
4. Radford 7.81
5. High Point 6.88
6. VMI 6.21
7. Charleston Southern 5.00
8. UNC Asheville 4.57

Annual Sasser Cup Champions
1985-86 Winthrop
1986-87 Winthrop
1987-88 Coastal Carolina
1988-89 Coastal Carolina
1989-90 Coastal Carolina
1990-91 Coastal Carolina
1991-92 Campbell
1992-93 Campbell
1993-94 Campbell
1994-95 UNC Greensboro
1995-96 UNC Greensboro
1996-97 UNC Greensboro
1997-98 Liberty
1998-99 Liberty
1999-00 Liberty
2000-01 Coastal Carolina
2001-02 Liberty
2002-03 Liberty
2003-04 Coastal Carolina
2004-05 Coastal Carolina
2005-06 Coastal Carolina
2006-07 Coastal Carolina
2007-08 Liberty

Women's All-Sports Award
2003-04 Coastal Carolina
2004-05 Coastal Carolina
2005-06 Coastal Carolina
2006-07 Coastal Carolina
2007-08 Liberty

Men's All-Sports Award
2003-04 Liberty
2004-05 Liberty
2005-06 Coastal Carolina
2006-07 Winthrop
2007-08 Liberty