The Virginia Tech athletics department finished in 37th place with 569.0 points in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup, as released Tuesday. The Directors' Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA Today to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and the NAIA. The 2007-08 winners were announced and awarded their Directors' Cups at NACDA's 43rd Annual Convention in Dallas. The winning institutions were Stanford in Division I, Grand Valley State (Mich.) in Division II, Williams (Mass.) in Division III and Azusa Pacific (Calif.) in the NAIA. The 37th-place finish is an all-time high for the Tech athletics department.
The Hokies had a big spring, scoring in five sports. Softball led the way with 73 points while men's outdoor track & field brought in 54 points. Men's tennis scored 50 points while women's outdoor track & field scored 37.5 and men's golf scored 31. Tech scored 152 points in the fall (83 from men's soccer and 69 from football), 171.5 in the winter (66 from women's indoor track & field, 51 from women's swimming & diving, 32 from men's swimming & diving and 22.5 from men's indoor track & field) and 245.5 in the spring.
Stanford tallied points in 24 total sports, but could only count the maximum 10 men's and 10 women's sports. Stanford boasted an impressive 12 top-five finishes this season - taking home the women's cross country championship; placing second in women's volleyball, women's basketball, men's gymnastics, and men's golf; third in baseball, men's and women's swimming, women's gymnastics, and women's water polo; and fifth in women's indoor track and field and women's tennis. Stanford also finished seventh in men's indoor track and field, eighth in the national collegiate sport of fencing, ninth in men's basketball, and women's outdoor track and field, 17th in men's tennis and 19th in men's cross country and wrestling, and 56th in men's outdoor track and field. The points from the sports of women's field hockey, women's soccer, women's golf and softball did not count to the overall total.
The Bruins of UCLA finished runner-up for the third straight year, and the sixth time overall. UCLA has finished in the top-six of the standings since the inception of the Directors' Cup in 1993-94. The Bruins scored in 18 total sports, the maximum 10 women's sports and eight men's sports for 1182.00 points. UCLA took home three national championships this year - men's golf, women's tennis and women's water polo, and finished runner-up in women's golf and men's tennis.
Michigan finished third in the standings with 1161.50 points. The Wolverines have finished in the top-10 of the Cup standings 13 times in 15 years. Michigan had three top-five finishes - third in both men's ice hockey and women's indoor track and field, and fifth in women's field hockey. The Wolverines scored in 21 total sports.
The Sun Devils of Arizona State cracked the top-five for the first time in the history of the Directors' Cup. Arizona State captured three national championships during the year - men's and women's indoor track and field, and softball. The Sun Devils scored in 18 total sports, nine men's and nine women's for a total of 1146.00 points.
Rounding out the top-five is Texas with 1129.50 points. The Longhorns scored in 18 sports, nine men's and nine women's sports. Texas recorded seven top-five finishes - men's swimming (2nd); men's indoor track and field and men's tennis (3rd); women's indoor track and field and men's outdoor track and field (4th); women's volleyball and men's basketball (5th).
The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is the program's sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 men's and 10 women's.
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