Eastern Kentucky University has won the OVC commissioner's cup for best overall performance in conference championships.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the 2011-12 school year the league office announced on Tuesday. The award, which is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in conference-sponsored championships, will be presented to university officials on Friday, June 1 at the league’s annual Honors Brunch in Nashville.
Eastern Kentucky totaled 106.5 points this year, edging out second-place finisher Eastern Illinois by 5.5 points. EKU claimed OVC regular season championships in football, men’s cross country, women’s tennis and baseball. Meanwhile, men’s tennis and women’s tennis captured OVC tournament titles which added two bonus points to Eastern Kentucky’s point total.
EKU was also bolstered by second-place showings in women’s cross country, soccer and women’s indoor track & field.
This is the first time Eastern Kentucky has captured the Commissioner’s Cup since it went to its current format in 2008-09.
“Winning the Commissioner’s Cup is difficult, given the many outstanding institutions in the OVC,” EKU Director of Athletics Mark Sandy said. “I am proud of our student-athletes and our coaches. Their dedication to winning and representing EKU in a first-class manner illustrates the values that make college athletics special.”
Eastern Illinois placed second overall with 101 points, followed by Jacksonville State (98 points), Murray State (97.75), Southeast Missouri (90.75), Morehead State (88), UT Martin (86.5), Austin Peay (84.5), Tennessee Tech (69.5), Tennessee State (66.25) and SIUE (39.5). SIUE is in its final year of reclassification to Division I. The Cougars played conference schedules but did not compete in conference championships this season.
Under the latest scoring system, schools are required to count point totals for four main sports – football, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball – along with their next eight highest point totals from the remaining sports, regardless of gender. Morehead State and SIUE, which do not compete in OVC football, count baseball as one of their four required sports.
The points system for scoring is as follows – for all sports (except rifle, men’s indoor and men’s outdoor track, which do not have six participating teams), the first place team earns 11 points, the second place team earns 10 points, etc. For rifle, the first place team earns 11 points and each subsequent place earns points equal to 2.75 less than the team that placed one position higher. For men’s indoor track, the first place team earns 11 points and each subsequent place earns points equal to 2.25 less than the team that placed one position higher. For men’s outdoor track, the first place team earns 11 points and each subsequent place earns points equal to two less than the team that placed one position higher.
The award (which started in 1962-63 for men’s sports and 1980-81 for women’s sports) was previously divided into a Men’s All-Sport champion and a Women’s All-Sport champion. EKU owns an OVC record 15 Men’s All-Sports championships, including five straight from 2003-04 to 2007-08, and seven OVC Women’s All-Sports trophies with the most recent coming in 2003-04.