Good morning, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sports fans!!
Many of you might not have heard of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. It is an award that 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).
The Final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings were released on June 25, 2015. The ACC finished with eight institutions in the top 40 (including three in the top 10, five in the top 20, and eight in the the top 40). North Carolina ended up fifth, Virginia finished sixth (and if they actually had a football program, the Hoos would have a good shot at winning the Directors’ Cup), and Notre Dame finished at 10th. Rounding up the top 20, Florida State is ranked 11th and Duke comes in at 20th. Rounding out the top 40, North Carolina State comes in at 27th, Louisville finished at 29th (Yo, Maryland is at 33 – just saying – JUST SAYING), and Virginia Tech finished at 35th in the Cup (a terrific finish for a school with fewer Olympic sports than its ACC counterparts)
All in all – once again, the ACC has done very well – and member institutions should be proud of the conference’s performance.
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