Stanford wins 22nd Directors' Cup
SEVEN PAC-12 MEMBERS FINISH AMONG THE TOP 25
SAN FRANCISCO - The STANFORD Cardinal captured their 22nd-consecutive Directors’ Cup in leading the Pac-12 Conference to another impressive finish in the final 2015-16 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced.
Led by a spring NCAA title in women’s tennis, and a pair of runner-up finishes in women’s golf and women’s water polo, Stanford won its 22nd-consecutive Cup. The Cardinal grabbed another NCAA title in men’s soccer and posted eight top five finishes in tallying an impressive 1,526.50 points. That’s 220 points more than runner-up Ohio State.
USC finished fourth (1,196.25 points) for its third consecutive top 10 finish. The Trojans captured a pair of spring titles in women’s water polo and beach volleyball. UCLA placed sixth overall, its 20th top 10 finish in the Directors’ Cup, with 1,091.50 points. The Bruins collected a title in men’s water polo and posted six other top-five finishes during the 2015-16 year. Behind its three national titles in men’s golf, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field, OREGON posted its highest finish ever in the Directors’ Cup at 10th with 973.75 points. CALIFORNIA added a national title in women’s rowing and placed 11th with 966.00 points. WASHINGTON added an NCAA title in women’s golf and placed 14th with 951.50 points, while ARIZONA posted a national runner-up finish in baseball and collect 740.75 points giving the Pac-12 Conference a phenomenal seven teams among the top 25.
ARIZONA STATE finished 37th (595.25), followed by COLORADO which finished 46th (483.75), UTAH was 51st overall (433.75), followed by OREGON STATE (84th, 245.25) and WASHINGTON STATE (102nd, 172.00).
The success of the Pac-12 in the Directors’ Cup was bolstered by the capturing of 10 NCAA titles, most among all conferences. In addition, 10 Pac-12 league members combined to post 38 top-four finishes in 22 NCAA championships.
The Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the 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.
Conference (membership) Top-25 Schools
1. Pac-12 (12) 7
2. ACC (15) 6
3. SEC (14) 5
4. Big Ten (14) 4
5. Big 12 (10) 3