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Southeast Missouri Claims 2020-21 OVC Commissioner's Cup

Staff Report
updated: 6/3/2021 8:26 AM

Southeast Missouri State University has won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Cup for the 2020-21 school year the league office announced on Tuesday.
The award is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in Conference-sponsored championships. It marks the first Cup title for Southeast Missouri since the award began in 2008-09. The Redhawks were in first place after the 2019-20 winter championships before the remainder of the year was canceled due to the pandemic and the honor was not awarded.
The Redhawks finished with 119.0 points, 7.5 points better than second place, and was bolstered by first-place finishes in women's tennis, women's track & field, softball and baseball, a second-place finish in men's track & field and a third-place finishes in women's basketball, soccer and volleyball.
Belmont (111.5) was second and followed by Jacksonville State (110.5), Murray State (109.5), Austin Peay (95.0), Morehead State (92.5), UT Martin (88.5), Eastern Kentucky (86.5), Tennessee Tech (80.0), Eastern Illinois (79.5), SIUE (75.0) and Tennessee State (33.0).
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.  Southeast Missouri won seven Women's All-Sport Trophies including six-straight from 1994-95 through 1999-00.
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 tennis and 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 tennis and 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. The scoring system also includes a bonus point for the winner of OVC Tournaments (soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, beach volleyball, softball and baseball).