STACK Announces Annual Elite 50 College Rankings of NCAA Football, Basketball and Other Division I Sports Programs

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Stanford University, University of Texas, University of North Carolina, University of Michigan and University of Florida are best schools for academically minded athletes

STACK today announced their 2008 Elite 50 college rankings of NCAA football, basketball and more than a dozen other Division I men's and women's sports programs. Overall, Stanford University, University of Texas, University of North Carolina, University of Michigan and University of Florida scored consistently high in all categories and are ranked as the five best schools for academically minded athletes.

In addition to the top schools overall, STACK also provided sport-specific rankings for NCAA football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's soccer, women's soccer, track, men's track, women's track, volleyball, wrestling, lacrosse, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, women's golf, men's tennis, women's tennis, and hockey. To see the complete list, visit The Elite 50.

Chad Zimmerman, Co-Founder of STACK, said, "As part of our consistent goal to bring value to high schools and high school athletes nationwide, we've created the second annual STACK Elite 50 to truly serve as a resource to athletes, coaches and parents when evaluating college sports programs. After months of crunching numbers -- wins, losses, championship titles, school rankings and academic progress -- we can offer academically-minded athletes a groundbreaking compilation of information that they will need to choose a school that provides the right balance of academics and athletics."

To determine the Elite 50, STACK Magazine and STACK.com use data from four academic and athletic performance categories: U.S. News & World Report on America's Best Colleges, Academic Progress Rate (APR), National Rank, and Win-Loss Record. In addition, a STACK Factor is used to evaluate the strength of a school's overall athletic community and its level of support for athletics, both of which strongly affect student-athletes. For more information on the "Elite 50" methodology, visit "Determining the Elite 50."

About STACK Media

STACK Media is a leading media company focused on serving active young males. STACK targets 12-to-24-year-old males, delivering unique and engaging sports lifestyle content--including information on training, nutrition, sports skills, fashion, gear and the entertainment habits of star professional athletes such as Peyton Manning, Allen Iverson, Dwight Howard and Reggie Bush--to millions of young men who aspire to athletic stardom and self-improvement. STACK's Internet property is one of the fastest growing on the Internet with more than 3.5 million unique visitors per month, while its print publication is distributed in more than 8,000 high schools nationwide. For more information, please visit http://www.stack.com or http://www.stackmediagroup.com.

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