Jan. 8, 2002
Cleveland, Ohio - Stanford University, winner of the last seven Division I Sears Directors' Cups, holds the top spot as the fall 2001-02 season comes to a close. The Sears Directors' Cup is presented by the nation's athletics directors.
Stanford scored in seven of the eight fall sports and placed six teams in the top 10, including national championships in women's volleyball and men's water polo, to record 521 points. The Cardinal also placed second in men's cross country, third in men's soccer, fifth in women's cross country, ninth in women's soccer and 17th in I-A football. 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.
North Carolina, the inaugural Sears Directors' Cup champion, is second with 305 points, including a national championship in men's soccer. UCLA is third with 271 points, followed by Colorado in fourth with 251 points, and Brigham Young, in fifth with 228 points.
These are the final fall standings and include the sports of women and men's cross country, field hockey, football, women and men's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo. In addition to Stanford and North Carolina, winning national championships were Brigham Young in women's cross country, Colorado in men's cross country, Michigan in field hockey, Miami (Fla.) in I-A football, Montana in I-AA football, and Santa Clara (Cal.) in women's soccer.
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. Final fall standings follow. Please note that standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Codes are as follows: W - women, M - men, CC - cross country, FH - field hockey, FB - football, SOC - soccer, VB - volleyball, and WP - water polo.