After an impressive showing in the winter sports, Chattanoogas mens teams have taken over the lead in the Southern Conference all-sports race, while Furman continues to lead on the womens side after
the conclusion of the winter seasons.
The Commissioners and Germann cups are awarded annually to the Southern Conference schools fielding the leagues best all-around mens and womens sports programs, respectively. Schools earn points based upon their regular-season finishes, with two bonus points going to the teams that win their respective conference tournaments.
The Mocs jumped from fifth place in the fall standings to the top of the pack in the pursuit of the Commissioners Cup. Chattanooga now has 47 points, 4.5 more than second-place Appalachian State.
UTC was paced in the winter by its wrestling team, which won the regular season with a 7-0 league mark and picked up its fourth consecutive SoCon Wrestling Championship title to earn the maximum 13 points toward the Cup. Chattanoogas mens basketball team finished second in the league for another 10 points, and its indoor track and field team turned in a seventh-place showing at the SoCon championship meet.
The Mountaineers remain in second with 42.5 points. Appalachian State, which has won the last eight Commissioners Cups, finished second at the SoCon Indoor Track and Field Championship and fourth in the wrestling regular-season standings.
Fall leader Furman dropped to third place in the standings with 38 points and is followed by Davidson, which won the regular-season mens basketball title, with 35 points to jump four spots from eighth in the fall. Mens basketball tournament champion Wofford is right behind the Wildcats with 34 points, followed by Samford in sixth with 29.5 points.
In seventh place is Elon with 29 points, followed by The Citadel with 28.5. UNCG is in ninth with 26 points and indoor track and field champion Western Carolina is 10th with 25.5 as teams 6-10 in the standings are separated by just four points. Georgia Southern is 11th with 17.5 points.
In the chase for the Germann Cup, Furman improved on its fall lead after finishing second in the womens basketball regular-season standings. The Paladins, who have 47.5 points for an 8.5-point advantage over Appalachian State, led by 7.5 points after the fall season, which saw them win their first womens cross country championship since 2000 and take the womens soccer regular-season and tournament titles.
Reigning Germann Cup champion Appalachian State has moved up to second place in the standings from fifth in the fall, buoyed by a second-place finish in the indoor track and field championship. The Mountaineers have 39 points and are closely followed by Elon in third with 38.5 points. Samford is fourth with 36.5 points, and UNCG is fifth with 33.
Georgia Southern is sixth with 30.5 points, followed by Chattanooga with 29. The Mocs won the womens basketball regular-season crown with an 18-0 league mark and took the tournament title for the maximum 13 points in the Germann Cup standings, moving up three spots from 10th in the fall.
Indoor track and field champion Western Carolina is eighth with 28.5 points, followed by Davidson with 27, Wofford with 18.5 and The Citadel with seven.
The Commissioners 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 womens athletics to the league.
Appalachian State has won the Commissioners Cup 33 times in the last 36 years, interrupted only by East Tennessee State in 1982-83, Furman in 1990-91 and Chattanooga in 2004-05.
Just five schools have ever won the Germann Cup. Appalachian State won the first six and has 10 total, while Furman won 12 straight from 1992-2004. Former SoCon member College of Charleston won the first of its three titles in 2004-05, while Chattanooga won in 2007-08 and Samford in 2009-10.
Commissioners Cup (through winter sports)
1. Chattanooga 47
2. Appalachian State 42.5
3. Furman 38
4. Davidson 35
5. Wofford 34
6. Samford 29.5
7. Elon 29
8. The Citadel 28.5
9. UNCG 26
10. Western Carolina 25.5
11. Georgia Southern 17.5
Germann Cup (through winter sports)
1. Furman 47.5
2. Appalachian State 39
3. Elon 38.5
4. Samford 36.5
5. UNCG 33
6. Georgia Southern 30.5
7. Chattanooga 29
8. Western Carolina 28.5
9. Davidson 27
10. Wofford 18.5
11. The Citadel 7