BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University has won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the 2013-14 school year the league office announced on Tuesday. It marks the second Cup title in the last three years for the Colonels under the new format which began six years ago (they also won in 2011-12). The award, which is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in Conference-sponsored championships, will be presented to university officials on May 30 at the league’s annual Honors Brunch in Nashville.
Eastern Kentucky finished the year with 115 points, 3.25 points more than second-place Eastern Illinois, who won the Cup last year. EKU was bolstered by first-place finishes in men’s and women’s cross country, a first-place tie in women’s tennis, a second place finish and OVC Tournament title in men’s basketball and second-place finishes in each men’s and women’s golf.
Prior to the Commissioner’s Cup being instituted in 2008-09, the Colonels won an OVC record 15 Men’s All-Sport Championships and seven Women’s All-Sport Championships.
Eastern Illinois finished with 111.75 points while Southeast Missouri (107.5), Jacksonville State (106) and Belmont (102.5) each eclipsed the 100-point mark to finish third through fifth. The standings were rounded out by SIUE (95), Murray State (93.1), Morehead State (93), Austin Peay (86.5), UT Martin (77.7), Tennessee State (72.25) and Tennessee Tech (67).
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. Points were awarded for each of the 18 sponsored sports and each school was required to count its totals from each sport in its grand total.
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. Belmont, Morehead State and SIUE, which do not compete in OVC football, count baseball as one of its 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 have fewer participating teams), the first place team earns 12 points, the second place team earns 11 points, etc. For rifle, men’s indoor and men’s outdoor track and field, the first-place team earns 12 points and subsequent point increments are calculated by dividing the total number of OVC member institutions by the number of institutions sponsoring the sport (for rifle that number is 2.4 less, for men’s indoor track that number is 2.0 less and for men’s outdoor track that number is 1.75 less). The scoring system also includes a bonus point for the winner of OVC Tournaments (soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, softball and baseball).