BYU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
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.
3. North Carolina
5. Southern California
10. Arizona State
14. Ohio State
15. Florida State
17. Louisiana State
18. Texas A&M
21. Penn State
22. Notre Dame
23. Wake Forest
65. New Mexico
106. San Diego State
123. Colorado State
201. Air Force