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ETSU claims third consecutive Commissioner's Cup

Johnson City Press • Updated May 29, 2018 at 2:49 PM

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — For the third consecutive year and fourth time in school history, the East Tennessee State men’s athletics program has been awarded the Southern Conference Commissioner’s Cup.

The all-sport trophy is annually presented to the conference’s best all-around men’s program.

“The Southern Conference Commissioner's Cup is an incredible honor for our program,” said ETSU athletic director Scott Carter. “It is a testament to the commitment of our student-athletes and leadership of our coaches. Every Buccaneer should take pride in this achievement, as the competitive environment in the Southern Conference is second to none. How ’bout them Bucs!”

Scoring is conducted on a percentage basis, with only the top seven sports for each school counting toward its season total. Each sport is worth 10 points, with each spot in the standings given equal measure relative to how many schools sponsor that particular sport.

For sports that determine a regular-season champion, a two-point bonus is awarded for winning the league tournament. Each school’s total for the year is divided by 70, the maximum number of points possible when counting seven sports, to find its percentage.

The Bucs, who garnered championships from men’s soccer (regular season) and men’s tennis (regular season and tournament championship), totaled 62.50 points and an .893 percentage. Tennis recorded 12 points and soccer added 10, while basketball and cross country both collected nine.

Tennis won its 12th straight conference title in April and soccer captured its first-ever SoCon regular season crown in the fall. Basketball finished second in the regular season and advanced to the SoCon title game for the third straight year, while cross country placed runner-up at the conference championships.

Golf and track & field (indoor and outdoor) turned in third-place efforts at their conference championships en route to combining for 22.50 points.

Highlighted by the three straight Commissioner’s Cup titles, the Bucs won their first crown in 1982-83. ETSU is one of four teams in conference history to repeat as Commissioner’s Cup champions and the only current active school to accomplish the feat.

For the second straight year, ETSU finished third in the race for the women’s all-sports trophy — the Germann Cup. Basketball (8.75 points), volleyball (10.89 points) and tennis (8.13 points) combined for 27.77 of the Bucs’ 54.88 points.

Volleyball garnered two bonus points for winning the SoCon tournament, while basketball, tennis and softball also made appearances in their tournament championships, respectively.

Cross country (8 points), outdoor track and field (8 points) and indoor track & field (6.67 points) accounted for 22.67 points. Cross country and outdoor track & field posted third-place finishes at their conference championship meets.

The Commissioner’s Cup was inaugurated in 1970 and the Germann Cup was first awarded in 1987. The latter is named for former SoCon Commissioner Ken Germann, who served as commissioner of the Southern Conference from 1974-86 and spearheaded the effort to introduce women’s athletics to the league.

This year’s Germann Cup went to Furman, which generated 66.42 points and a .949 percentage. Samford (57.85, .826) finished second.

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