The Director’s Cup is presented annually by the nation’s athletics directors. Points are awarded based on finishes and participation in 20 NCAA Division I sports.
North Carolina is best in the ACC again. The Wildcats have recorded seven consecutive top-30 finishes.
The Longhorns were tops among all schools from the Big 12 and the state of Texas, and now have 18 top-10 finishes in the award’s 24-year history. “At the midpoint of this period, while we recognize it will be a challenge to reach these goals, we remain focused to achieve them”.
WVU’s 45-place finish is 15 spots higher than last year’s 60-place finish and is its best finish since a 45-place finish in 2012.
Stanford was the Directors Cup victor for the 23rd straight year, followed by Ohio State, Florida and Southern California.
U.Va. was third among ACC schools (behind UNC and 13th-place Florida State), while Tech was eighth (also behind 23rd-place Notre Dame, 26th-place Louisville, 29th-place N.C. State and 32nd-place Duke).
Men’s tennis helped push U.Va. back into the top 20 by winning the national championship last month for the fourth time in the last five years. “We had many programs make deep NCAA Tournament runs, capture conference championships and earn individual accolades this season”.
The Gators, led by first-year athletics director Scott Stricklin, finished first in the Southeastern Conference and third overall in the country thanks to a strong spring finish with national championships in baseball, men’s outdoor track and field and women’s tennis.
Of the 22 Division I collegiate team championships that are determined by the victor of teams in a bracket, Denver made the Final Four in three of those sports (men’s soccer, hockey and men’s lacrosse), tied for the fifth-most in the country in 2016-17. U.Va.’s men’s golf team finished a program-best 10th at the NCAA championships, while the field hockey team made it to the NCAA quarterfinals.