UNIVERSITY PARK — Following an outstanding 2011-12 athletic campaign, Penn State finished 12th in the final Learfield Sports Directors Cup Standings.
Penn State is coming off a year with 19 teams represented in NCAA Championship competition.
Penn State is one of only nine programs nationwide that has finished in the final Top 25 in every Directors' Cup standings (originated in 1993-94), being joined by Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Southern California, Stanford, Texas and UCLA.
The Penn State wrestling team captured its second consecutive NCAA Championship in March, out-distancing second place Minnesota by 25.5 points.
Penn State has won 22 NCAA Championships since 1993-94, its first full year in the Big Ten Conference, more than double every other Big Ten institution (Iowa is second with 10). The Nittany Lions' 11 NCAA Championships since March 2007 are tied with USC for most in the nation over the past five years.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings were developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.