Liberty University Wins 2011-12 Sasser Cup Trophy

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Liberty University has been awarded the Big South Conference's George F. "Buddy" Sasser Cup Trophy for the 2011-12 athletic season, its Conference-record fifth consecutive title and 10th overall.  The Cup was presented to Liberty Thursday evening at the League's annual Spring Meetings Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner, which was held at the Westin Resort Hotel on Hilton Head Island, S.C.  Liberty is the first member institution to win five consecutive Sasser Cups and its 10 overall championships is a Big South record.

In 2011-12, Liberty averaged 12.59 Sasser Cup points in 17 championship sports and accumulated a total of 214 points based on its finish in Conference championships.  The Flames won 10 Big South championships in 2011-12 -- two regular-season titles and eight tournament crowns.  Liberty won the regular-season title in women's basketball and shared the regular-season crown in volleyball, while claiming the Conference tournament championship in men's cross country, men's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's indoor track & field, women's basketball, men's golf and men's outdoor track & field.

Coastal Carolina finished second to Liberty again this season with an 11.28 average in 17 sports and totaled 191.75 points.  For the third time in four years, High Point was third in the Sasser Cup standings (9.29 average), and was followed by Campbell (9.22) and Charleston Southern (8.81). 

The Flames earned the Men's All-Sports Trophy with its average of 12.44 (112 points overall in nine sports), edging out Coastal Carolina's 12.22 average (97.75 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 2008-09 and fifth overall.  High Point was third in the Men's All-Sports race with its 9.50 average (66.5 total points in seven sports).

Liberty also earned the Women's All-Sports Trophy for the third consecutive year and fourth time in five seasons with its average of 12.75 (102 points overall in eight sports), ahead of Coastal Carolina's 10.44 average (94 points overall in nine sports).  Liberty won a combined five regular-season and tournament titles in women's competition to win its fourth overall Women's All-Sports Trophy.  Winthrop was third in the Women's All-Sports race with its 9.61 average (86.5 total 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 that sport.  There is a weighted factor of 1.5 for those sports that 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.

The complete listing of the 2011-12 Sasser Cup and All-Sports standings appear below, as well as the annual Sasser Cup champions.

2011-12 Sasser Cup Standings 
12.59 - Liberty
11.28 - Coastal Carolina
9.29 - High Point
9.22 - Campbell
8.81 - Charleston Southern
8.63 - Radford
8.24 - Winthrop
6.82 - UNC Asheville
6.82 - Gardner-Webb
5.93 - VMI
4.63 - Presbyterian College

2011-12 Women's All-Sports Award
12.75 - Liberty
10.44 - Coastal Carolina
9.61 - Winthrop
9.47 - Campbell
9.39 - Charleston Southern
9.07 - High Point
8.89 - Radford
7.61 - Gardner-Webb
6.29 - UNC Asheville
4.20 - Presbyterian College
4.19 - VMI

2011-12 Men's All-Sports Award
12.44 - Liberty
12.22 - Coastal Carolina
9.50 - High Point
8.94 - Campbell
8.34 - Radford
8.07 - Charleston Southern
7.36 - UNC Asheville
6.93 - VMI
6.69 - Winthrop
6.03 - Gardner-Webb
5.05 - Presbyterian College

Annual Sasser Cup Champions
2011-12 - Liberty
2010-11 - Liberty
2009-10 - Liberty
2008-09 - Liberty
2007-08 - Liberty
2006-07 - Coastal Carolina
2005-06 - Coastal Carolina
2004-05 - Coastal Carolina
2003-04 - Coastal Carolina
2002-03 - Liberty
2001-02 - Liberty
2000-01 - Coastal Carolina
1999-00 - Liberty
1998-99 - Liberty
1997-98 - Liberty
1996-97 - UNC Greensboro
1995-96 - UNC Greensboro
1994-95 - UNC Greensboro
1993-94 - Campbell
1992-93 - Campbell
1991-92 - Campbell
1990-91 - Coastal Carolina
1989-90 - Coastal Carolina
1988-89 - Coastal Carolina
1987-88 - Coastal Carolina
1986-87 - Winthrop
1985-86 - Winthrop