Stanford Wins 17th Consecutive Directors' Cup
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Six Pac-10 Conference institutions finished the 2010-11 academic year ranked in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup top 25, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced today. Two institutions, STANFORD and CALIFORNIA, were in the top five, the most of any conference.
The Conference of Champions was represented by five members in the Directors' Cup top 20, tied for the most with the ACC. The Cardinal won its 17th-consecutive cup after claiming national championships in men's gymnastics and women's water polo, and runner-up finishes in women's tennis and women's soccer, accumulating an impressive 1550.25 points, 273.2 points better than second-place Ohio State.
CALIFORNIA posted its highest-ever finish in the standings and sixth-straight top-10 showing, placing third overall with 1219.50 points after sweeping the men's and women's swimming and diving titles. Also placing in the top 25 were UCLA (11th, 1020.75), USC (14th, 9909.25), ARIZONA (16th, 906.00) and WASHINGTON (21st, 779.30).
ARIZONA STATE was just out of the top 25, placing 27th with 692.50 points, and OREGON was 30th with 640.75 points. OREGON STATE was 69th overall (272.00), followed by WASHINGTON STATE (135th, 118.50).
COLORADO and UTAH, who officially joined the Pac-12 Conference today, also placed in the top 75. The Buffaloes were 66th with 315.50 points, while the Utes collected 266.00 points for 71st place.
The Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on the NACDA website at www.directorscup.org.
Number of Top-20 Schools
T-1. Pac-10 (10) 5
T-1. ACC (12) 5
3. Big 12 (12) 3
4. Big Ten (11) 3
5. SEC 3