Monday, June 9, 2008

Michigan in 2nd Place in the Directors Cup Standings

In the penultimate Directors Cup Standings, Michigan holds the second place slot with 958 points. Stanford is running away with the cup as they have an insurmountable 390 point lead. Ohio State is right on our heals at third, just 23.25 points back. Penn State and Texas round out the top five.

The Directors Cup is awarded by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics to the school that accumulates the most points across 10 of the most popular NCAA sports for men's and women's teams. Points are awarded based on order of finish at the end of the season with 100 points going to the team that finishes first. Five "participation" points are awarded to all teams that finish 65th or lower.

Looking at the top 25, it's nice to see seven Big 10 teams listed, including three in the top five.

Here's the breakdown of schools that made the top 25 by conference:

Big 10 - 7
Pac 10 - 5
SEC - 5
ACC - 4
Big 12 - 2

Here are the current top 25:

1. Stanford 1348.00
2. Michigan 958.00
3. Ohio State 934.75
4. Penn State 912.00
5. Texas 887.50
6. UCLA 882.00
7. California 881.00
8. North Carolina 824.00
9. Florida 823.75
10. Duke (N.C.) 798.00
11. Southern California 787.50
12. Louisiana State U. 764.50
13. Arizona State 762.00
14. Georgia 756.25
15. Notre Dame 730.50
16. Tennessee 717.75
17. Florida State 697.00
18. Wisconsin 678.50
19. Virginia 670.00
20. Texas A&M 652.50
21. West Virginia 630.50
22. Minnesota 581.00
23. Purdue 536.50
24. Auburn 532.75
25. Michigan State 531.75

A state of Michigan side note - Grand Valley State University ran away with the Division II cup, edging out second place Minnesota State Mankato by 212.75 points.

More information on the cup and full standings can be found at the NACDA website.

Michigan should hold on to the second place position as rowing finished 11th in the nation, softball made the super regionals (top 16) and baseball reached the regional round (32). UCLA might creep up the standings with good showings in both softball and baseball. Ohio State and Penn State will not accumulate more than the five point minimum in those sports, so those schools could slip a few slots as the SEC and Pac 10 make up ground in their strong sports.

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