The #ACC Performance in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup (Final Winter Update)


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

We’ve reported here in the past on the ACC’s performance in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup 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 NCAA 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).

Learfield Sports just released the an update in the Director’s Cup standings.  The ACC leads all conferences with four in the top ten of the standings.  Specifically, North Carolina comes in at #2, Notre Dame is rated #8, Florida State arrives at #9, and Virginia rounds out the top 10.  The ACC also has pretty good representation in the top 40 with Duke coming in at #19 (and the Blue Devils will rise after lacrosse season is over), Louisville at #20 (YO, MARYLAND AT 44 – #JUSTSAYING), North Carolina State at #26, and Virginia Tech at #33 (if Virginia Tech can finish in the top 30, that would one of the best finishes ever for the Hokies – who don’t have many Olympic sports).

While it doesn’t appear that any ACC team will catch Stanford (they are winning this thing), the ACC has done very well – and member institutions should be proud of the conference’s performance in the Cup.

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