Florida Gators take second in 2010 Directors’ Cup

By Adam Silverstein
June 24, 2010

The University of Florida and its athletic program will finish second in the 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup when the standings are made official after baseball season, according to a release from the school. The second-place overall ranking – which ties a program-high (1997-98) – is fueled by 2010 NCAA National Championships in Men’s Indoor Track & Field and Women’s Swimming & Diving.

The annual national all-sports competition, as awarded by athletic directors across the country, recognizes schools with the best overall sports performances in an academic year. The honor has been owned by the University of Stanford in recent years.

With 1,237.25 total points, the Florida Gators placed a distant second, 271.25 points behind the winning Stanford Cardinal (1508.50). The title is Stanford’s 16th consecutive Director’s Cup, an absolutely dominating stretch.

Florida, however, “is the only program in the nation to finish among the nation’s top 10 in each of the last 27 national all-sports standings,” according to UF. The Gators’ 2009-10 finish is the first time the program has finished in the top three in back-to-back seasons (third, 2008-09). Additionally…

Florida’s 14 top-10 national team finishes in 2009-10, including nine in the top five, is a school record. The previous high of 12 top-10 finishes was equaled five times in the program’s history, including each of the last two seasons. This is the ninth consecutive year that 10 or more Gator athletic teams finished among the nation’s top 10.

Points are awarded based on which sports a school’s athletics program participates in and how said team finishes at the end of that sport’s season.

No other Southeastern Conference school finished in the top 10; however, Florida State University will be ranked No. 7 with 1,009.50 total points.

6 Comments

  1. groyster says:

    Just a correction, FSU will be ranked 5th, not 7th.

  2. Not according to the release I have. When the new points come out after baseball is done, I’ll update accordingly.

  3. groyster says:

    The article took into account UF’s point total after baseball, but not FSU’s. With a top 6 finish in baseball, FSU will jump both Ohio State and Texas A&M for 5th place as neither of those schools made Super Regionals.

    Congratulations to both UF and FSU. Shows where the best sports are really played.

  4. ReptilesRule says:

    That is a fantastic job. To my knowledge, we don’t offer as many sports programs as Stanford does, so second is really first in my book.

  5. What sports does Stanford participate in that UF does not? Do these asked about sports programs contribute to Stanford’s overall total standing? It seems they outrank everyone year after year, but you don’t see their teams being National Champions at a greater rate than UF. I’m confused!

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