June 20, 2001
Stanford clinched the Sears Directors' Cup with a total of 1,359 points, surpassing runner-up UCLA by 221 points. The Cardinal won its seventh straight Sears Directors' Cup on the strength of a national championship in women's tennis, a total of 12 teams finishing among the top five in national competition, and 14 teams placing in the top 10.
Stanford teams placing in the top 10 were baseball (2nd), women's swimming and diving (2nd), men's swimming and diving (2nd), women's water polo (2nd), women's cross country (3rd), softball (3rd), men's cross country (4th), fencing (4th), men's outdoor track and field (4th), men's tennis (5th), men's basketball (5th), men's soccer (5th), women's gymnastics (7th) and women's golf (9th). The Cardinal recorded points in the maximum of 10 women's and 10 men's sports.
Stanford's largest margin of victory in the Sears Cup standings came in the 1997-98 season (350 points) when they won five NCAA titles. This season's margin of 221 is the largest margin of victory for the Cardinal since 1997-98.
The only other Division I institution to claim the prize was North Carolina in 1993-94.
Seven Pacific-10 Conference institutions finished the 2000-01 academic year ranked in the final Sears Directors' Cup Top 15, the highest total of any conference.
The Conference of Champions® was represented by five members in the Directors' Cup Top 10, also a national high. Stanford won one NCAA team title and posted four runner-up finishes this year en route to winning its unprecendented seventh consecutive Directors' Cup Championship.
2000-01 Division I Sears Directors' Cup Final Standings
School (Points) 1. Stanford (1,359) 2. UCLA (1,138) 3. Georgia (890.5) 4. Michigan (864.5) 5. Arizona (863) 6. Ohio State (862) 7. Florida (847) 8. Southern California (817.5) 9. Arizona State (801) 10. Penn State (775.5) 11. Notre Dame (764.5) 12. California (761) 13. Nebraska (753) 14. Washington (748) 15. North Carolina (729.5) 16. Duke (722) 17. Brigham Young (708) 18. Oklahoma (698.5) 19. Texas (672) 20. Wisconsin (671.5) 21. Tennessee (661.5) 22. Louisiana State (653.5) 23. Minnesota (639) 24. Princeton (569.5) 25. South Carolina (539)