BYU Claims 26th Place in Director’s Cup



    BYU has earned a 26th-place finish in the final U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings released Monday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

    With 14 teams earning conference regular-season and/or tournament titles and 17 advancing to postseason competition, the Cougars earned their highest Director’s Cup finish since 2001.

    “We had a great overall season as a department,” said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. “This is really a tribute to the hard work of our athletes, coaches and staff. We look forward to continued success in the upcoming year.”

    The annual rankings rate the overall success of 289 of the nation’s NCAA Division I athletic departments. BYU is the highest-ranked school from a non-automatic BCS-qualifying conference while beating out other perennial powers such as Nebraska (27), Louisville (28) and Washington (29).

    With the Cougars leading the way, the Mountain West Conference placed four schools in the top 65 including TCU at No. 52, Utah at No. 60 and New Mexico at No. 65. Stanford won the Directors’ Cup for the 13th straight year while UCLA, North Carolina, Michigan and USC rounded out the top five.

    BYU finished 15th after the fall season with men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s volleyball and women’s soccer all scoring points.

    The winter standings saw the Cougars place 29th with points from men’s and women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, women’s indoor track, and men’s and women’s swimming. In the spring, men’s and women’s golf, women’s softball, women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track rounded out BYU’s scoring teams.

    The U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the NACDA and USA Today and sponsored by The United States Sports Academy. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports – 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

    Final Standings

    1. Stanford

    2. UCLA

    3. North Carolina

    4. Michigan

    5. Southern California

    6. Florida

    7. Tennessee

    8. Texas

    9. California

    10. Arizona State

    11. Duke

    12. Georgia

    13. Virginia

    14. Ohio State

    15. Florida State

    16. Wisconsin

    17. Louisiana State

    18. Texas A&M

    19. Auburn

    20. Minnesota

    21. Penn State

    22. Notre Dame

    23. Wake Forest

    24. Arizona

    25. Oklahoma

    26. BYU

    27. Nebraska

    28. Louisville

    29. Washington

    30. Northwestern

    MWC Finishes

    26. BYU

    52. TCU

    60. Utah

    65. New Mexico

    97. UNLV

    106. San Diego State

    123. Colorado State

    201. Air Force

    T285. Wyoming

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