June 26, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Athletics officially captured its unprecedented 14th consecutive U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup today, an award that is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of America (NACDA), the United States Sports Academy and USA Today to the top intercollegiate athletic program in the nation.
Stanford finished with a total of 1,461.00 points and tallied points in 24 total sports, but could only count the maximum 10 men's and 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, 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 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of America (NACDA) and the USA Today in 1993-94 in an effort to honor universities that strive for success in all of their sports programs. The program was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA. Each institution is awarded points based on an institutions finish in 20 sports--10 each for men and women.
Fall Stanford finished fall competition with 315 points, good for third place in the Division I Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings behind California (370) and USC (343). The Cardinal scored points in five of nine fall sports, led by a strong showing by the women's cross country team, which captured its third straight NCAA championship. The women's volleyball team made another appearance in the NCAA title match, while the women's field hockey (9th), women's soccer (NCAA quarterfinalists) and men's cross country teams (19th NCAAs) all enjoyed strong fall showings.
Winter Stanford took control of the Directors' Cup standings with a strong showing in the winter, as 10 Cardinal teams accounted for 767 points. Stanford women's basketball team advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Tournament while the Cardinal men's and women's gymnastics team finished second and third, respectively, at the NCAA Championships. Stanford finished third in men's and women's swimming, fifth in women's indoor track and field, seventh in men's indoor track and field, eighth in fencing, ninth in men's basketball and 19th in wrestling.
Spring Stanford teams followed up their strong winter performances with an impressive spring, netting 468.00 points. The Stanford women's water polo team placed third at the NCAA Championships while the men's golf team and women's tennis team finished second and fifth, respectively, at their NCAA Championship events. Stanford also placed ninth in women's track and field, 17th in men's tennis and 25th in women's golf.
2007-08 Final U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings 1. Stanford 1461.00 2. UCLA 1182.00 3. Michigan 1154.50 4. Arizona State 1148.00 5. Texas 1129.50 6. Florida 1126.75 7. California 1120.00 8. Louisiana State 1085.00 9. Penn State 1041.00 10. Georgia 1040.00 11. Ohio State 1034.75 12. Texas A&M 1031.00 13. USC 1011.25 14. North Carolina 978.50 15. Florida State 971.50 16. Tennessee 953.75 17. Virginia 869.00 18. Wisconsin 830.50 19. Duke 821.00 20. Auburn 761.50 21. Notre Dame 760.50 22. Washington 745.25 23. Oklahoma 714.00 24. Arkansas 697.00 25. Alabama 683.00