April 20, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the most recent set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, Ohio State sits in fourth place after its men’s hockey team’s NCAA Tournament appearance added to the athletic department’s total. Stanford holds the top spot in the standings followed by Penn State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan. The Buckeyes are just three points behind the Badgers and within 20 points of the Nittany Lions.
The 25 points added by Ohio State’s men’s hockey team came from the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. Led by sophomore All-American and Big Ten Scoring Co-Champion Mason Jobst, Ohio State played to a record of 21-12-6 this past season. It was the most wins for the program since that 2009 season in which it made the NCAA Tournament. This year, as a four seed, the Buckeyes took national runner-up Minnesota Duluth to overtime before ultimately falling 3-2 to the Bulldogs. OSU had five All-Big Ten honorees in 2016-17: Jobst was named to the First Team, while seniors Christian Frey, Josh Healey, and Nick Schilkey all made the second team. Sophomore Dakota Joshua was an honorable mention selection.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.
The final Division I standings will be released Thursday, April 27, and will include both men’s and women’s gymnastics.