Conference of Champions
July 14, 2010
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Stanford Cardinal took home its 16th-straight Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, tallying 1508.50 points. The Directors' Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield Sports and USA Today to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and the NAIA. The 2009-10 winners were recently announced and awarded their Directors' Cups at NACDA's 45th Annual Convention in Anaheim, California.
Stanford finished with a total of 1508.50 points after placing in 28 postseason championships and counting points in a maximum of 10 women's sports and 10 men's sports. Stanford boasted an impressive 10 top-five finishes this season, taking home the men's volleyball and women's tennis championships, placing second in women's soccer, women's basketball, men's gymnastics and women's water polo, and third in women's swimming.
Stanford has won at least one national championship for 34 consecutive years, an ongoing NCAA record.
Florida finished second overall with 1310.25 points, scoring in eight men's sports and the maximum 10 women's sports. The Gators had 14 top-10 finishes, most notably capturing the women's swimming title and men's indoor track and field championship.
The Cavaliers of Virginia finished third overall with 1253.25 points, scoring in 20 of a possible 20 sports. The Cavaliers claimed the men's soccer and women's rowing titles and finished in the top-10 for 10 sports.
Scoring 1124.00 points for a fourth-place finish was UCLA. The Bruins scored in eight men's sports and 12 women's sports, but only the maximum of 10 women's sports were counted. Points scored in women's indoor track and field and rowing were removed from the final total. UCLA captured the women's gymnastics and softball titles and had 10 top-10 finishes. The Bruins' softball crown was the program's 11th all-time, an NCAA record in the sport.
Rounding out the top five was Florida State with 1087.50 points. The Seminoles scored in the maximum 10 women's sports and tallied points in nine men's sports, including 10 top-10 finishes.
Pac-10 institutions also finishing in the top 15 were the California Golden Bears, finishing ninth with 1013.50 points, USC was 13th with 906.50, and Oregon placed 14th with 878.50 points. The five schools in the top 15 were the most of any conference.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's Web site at www.directorscup.org.
Learfield Sports, a leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for almost four decades, manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions featuring all 10 Pac-10 member schools, including Stanford, which has been awarded the Directors' Cup trophy 16 consecutive years. The Dallas-based company also manages corporate partner programs for the Big Ten Conference and the Western Athletic Conference and secures marketing partnerships for the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA). Learfield Sports (learfieldsports.com) is an operating unit of Jefferson City, Mo.-based Learfield Communications, Inc., which made its initial foray into the world of sports marketing in 1975 as the radio rights holder for the University of Missouri, a client still today.
|1. Pacific-10 (10)||5|
|2. ACC (12)||4|
|3. Big 12 (12)||3|
|4. Big Ten (11)||2|
|5. SEC (12)||1|
WHERE PAC-10 SCHOOLS RANK
|22. Arizona State||792.50|
|68. Oregon State||284.50|
|79. Washington State||217.50|