June 1, 2000
CLEVELAND - As the spring championship season opens, five-time Division I champion Stanford University has increased its lead in the race for the Division I Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.
At the conclusion of the winter standings, Stanford held a 194.5-point lead over Michigan. However, on the strength of a national championship in men's tennis and runner-up finishes in women's golf and women's tennis, the Cardinal has increased its lead to 273.5 points over UCLA. Stanford has now crossed the 1,000-point mark with 1,250 points. The Sears Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. It is administered by NACDA and sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
UCLA is in second with 976.5 points. Rounding out the top five are Michigan, third with 865.5 points, Penn State, fourth with 807.5 points, and Nebraska, fifth with 803 points.
This is the first set of spring standings and includes the sports of women's golf, women's and men's lacrosse, women's rowing, women's and men's tennis and men's volleyball. In addition to Stanford, winning national championships were Arizona in women's golf, Maryland in women's lacrosse, Syracuse in men's lacrosse, Brown in women's rowing, Georgia in women's tennis and UCLA in men's volleyball.
Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 for men and 10 for women. Each national champion receives 100 points. There are four Sears Directors' Cup Awards, one to honor the institution with the best all-around athletics program in each of the NCAA's Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. It is the first-ever cross-sectional all-sports national recognition award for both men and women. The winner of the award receives a trophy designed by Waterford Crystal, which appears at major men and women's events throughout the year.
Spring sports standings to date follow. Please note that standings published midseason are unofficial standings. There will be an update on Tuesday, June 13. Final, official standings will be published upon the conclusion of the College World Series.
|15||Brigham Young (Utah)||590|
|19||Notre Dame (Ind.)||534|
|33||Southern Methodist (Tex.)||376|
|40||North Carolina State||340|
For more information on the Sears Directors' Cup, visit the NACDA Official Site.