GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman captured its third-straight straight Germann Cup and finished third in the Commissioner's Cup standings, it was announced on Tuesday by the Southern Conference at its annual league meetings in Hilton Head, S.C. The Germann Cup and Commissioner's Cup are awarded annually to the Southern Conference schools fielding the league's best all-around women's and men's sports programs, respectively.
Furman's Germann Cup win was its 16th overall and fourth in the last five years. The Paladins totaled 66.42 points on the year for a .949 percentage. Furman captured SoCon championship titles in cross country, women's tennis, and women's golf, while securing regular season SoCon titles in women's tennis and volleyball and a share of the title in women's soccer.
In the Commissioner's Cup race, Furman totaled 53.00 points and a .757 percentage to finish third behind East Tennessee State and Samford. Furman's men's cross country team claimed the SoCon championship.
The scoring system is modeled after the one used in determining the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. Scoring is conducted on a percentage basis, with only the top seven sports for each school counting toward its season total. The SoCon sponsors 22 total sports with this year's addition of women's lacrosse
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.
Six schools have won the Commissioner's Cup in the 49-year history of the award, including current members Chattanooga (2004-05 and 2014-15), East Tennessee State (1982-83, 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18), and Furman (1990-91).
Five schools have won the Germann Cup, which 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, in its 32-year history. Among current schools, Furman owns a league-best 16, including 12 straight from 1992-2004. Samford has won two (2014-15 and 2009-10) and Chattanooga won in 2007-08.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Commissioner's Cup (through spring sports)
1. ETSU 0.893
2. Samford 0.767
3. Furman 0.757
4. UNCG 0.755
5. Mercer 0.585
6. Wofford 0.573
7. Western Carolina 0.561
8. Chattanooga 0.456
9. The Citadel 0.427
10. VMI 0.424
Germann Cup (through spring sports)
1. Furman 0.949
2. Samford 0.826
3. ETSU 0.784
4. Mercer 0.725
5. UNCG 0.673
6. Chattanooga 0.624
7. Western Carolina 0.549
8. Wofford 0.470
9. VMI 0.296
10. The Citadel 0.185