After winning six championship trophies in five sports, Campbell University received the George F. “Buddy” Sasser Cup on Tuesday night, recognizing the Fighting Camels as the Big South Conference’s best sports program for 2020-2021. Campbell won the Big South Men’s Sports Trophy for the third consecutive season and finished second in the Women’s Sports Trophy standings for the second time in a row.
“Our teams have had some very competitive seasons, evidenced by six conference championships so far, four tournament championships and dozens of performers from all conferences, both academic and athletic,” said the director. from Campbell University Sports, Dr. Omar Banks. “While everyone has been affected in various ways by COVID-19, we look forward to our donors, fans and supporters returning to our arenas and stadiums to support our teams, while being a source of pride and joy. commitment to our university and our community.
The Camels won six Big South Championships in 2020-21, including four tournament crowns. Campbell won the regular season titles in baseball and softball, while winning the conference tournament championship in men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer and softball. As the top seed in the baseball championship, which will be played Thursday through Saturday at Segra Stadium in Fayetteville, the Camels have already won trophies in the Sasser Cup and all men’s sports.
The Sasser Cup was presented to university president Dr Brad Creed and Banks at the Deep South Spring Meetings on Tuesday night.
Campbell averaged 9.86 Sasser Cup points until the end of the baseball regular season and could finish as high as 10.14 with a tournament title. High Point was second with an average of 9.52. Radford was third (7.68) and USC Upstate fourth (7.02-7.21 – depending on the Spartans’ progress in the baseball championship) in the 11-member league.
CU has claimed the Big South’s automatic berth in the NCAA’s postseason competition in women’s soccer, women’s golf, men’s golf and softball, with baseball to be determined. Competing as a member of the Southern Conference, the Camels also won regular season league and tournament wrestling titles and sent an academic record of seven athletes to the NCAA Championships.
Campbell won the Sasser Cup for the second time in a row while claiming the honor for three consecutive years from 1992 to 1994. CU finished second in the 2017 and 2018 Sasser Cup standings. During his 17 years in the Sun Conference of the Atlantic (1995-2011), Campbell was third in the men’s and women’s combined all-sport event.
CU now holds more Sasser Cup trophies – five – than any current Big South member.
High Point (11.29 points) won the Big South 2020-21 women’s all sport title ahead of Campbell (10.13) and Radford (7.22).
Campbell’s second consecutive all-sports trophy comes on the heels of consistent success over the past six seasons. CU finished third in the 2016 Sasser Cup before placing second in 2017 and 2018. In men’s athletic racing, Campbell finished third in 2016 and second in 2017 before winning the last three seasons. The Campbell women finished third in 2016, 2017 and 2018 before moving up to second in 2019 and 2021. The Sasser Cup was not awarded in 2020 after the season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.