June 10, 2014 Ranking – #ACC’s Superb Performance in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup


Good evening, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sports fans!!

It is time for the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Update!!  The Director’s Cup award honors institutions maintaining broad-based athletics programs success in many sports (including male and female sports).  The Directors’ Cup , founded by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics and USA Today, began in 1993-1994 for Division I athletics.  In 1995-96, it was expanded to include Division II, III and the NAIA.  Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women.  The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points in their division’s Directors’ Cup standings.  For NCAA Division I, there are 20 sports included (ten men’s and ten women’s).

The June 10, 2014 Director’s Cup rankings show a high rising Notre Dame school in second place.  Notre Dame jumped into second with 1102.75 points as a result of finishing ninth in women’s rowing and 17th in softball. The Fighting Irish are seeking their first ever top five finish.

The ACC has four institutions ranked in the top ten. Notre Dame is second, Duke is fourth, Virginia is seventh and North Carolina is eighth.   The ACC also had several institutions in the top 70, including Florida State (at 12th), Maryland (at 31st), NC State (at 35th), Virginia Tech (at 40th), Syracuse (at 51st), Clemson (at 54th), Boston College (at 55th), Wake Forest (at 60th), and Miami (at 69th).  The last two Division I ranking updates are on June 19, 2014 (which includes men’s and women’s track and field) and June 26 or 27, 2014 (which includes baseball).  ACC newcomer, Louisville, comes in at 28th.

All in all – the ACC has done very well – and member institutions should be proud of the conference’s performance.

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