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Arkansas Finishes 24th in Directors? Cup

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Finishes 24th in Directors? Cup

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas finished 24th in the 2007-08 United States Sports Academy’s Directors’ Cup standings, it was announced recently.

The Directors’ Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the United States Sports Academy and USA Today to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country and this year’s standings were announced at the NACDA’s 43rd Annual Convention in Dallas.

Programs are scored for their NCAA Championship finish and may count 20 sports, 10 for men and 10 for women.

Arkansas’ 24th-place finish is its best since 1998-99 when the Razorbacks were 19th. It is the fourth-best finish ever. Arkansas finished 14th in the standings in 1997-98, 18th in 1994-95, and 19th in 1998-99.

“Congratulations to our nearly 500 student-athletes and the coaches who were instrumental in our athletic success this past academic year,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “Our 24th-place finish in the Director’s Cup, combined with our academic and community service achievements, have made this a truly outstanding year. We are very proud to have earned this national recognition as a top-25 all sports program and look forward to continued success in the years to come.”

Arkansas scored 696 points this year behind a solid spring in which the Razorback programs tallied 318.50 points. Arkansas scored 104 fall points and 273.50 points during the winter season.

The top-point earning team this past spring was the Arkansas women’s tennis team which earned 75 points after a fifth-place finish. Women’s golf was next, scoring 70.5 points after an eighth-place showing. Men’s track and field collected 57 points, followed by women’s track and field with 51. Both baseball and softball added 25 points each and men’s golf scored 17 points this spring.

The Stanford Cardinal won its 14th consecutive Directors’ Cup with 1461.00 points. The Cardinal scored points in 24 different sports, counting 10 of those. UCLA was second for the third consecutive year and sixth time overall, followed by Michigan, Arizona State and Texas rounding out the top five.

Grand Valley State (Michigan), Williams (Massachusetts) and Azusa Pacific (California) won the Division II, Division III and NAIA titles, respectively.

For more information about Arkansas athletics log on to Hogwired.com or LADYBACKS.COM.

— STANDINGS –-

Arkansas’ All-Time Finishes in the NACDA Sports Academy Directors’ Cup

2007-08 24th

2006-07 31st

2005-06 28th

2004-05 32nd

2003-04 27th

2002-03 31st

2001-02 35th

2000-01 36th

1999-2000 26th

1998-99 19th

1997-98 14th

1996-97 38th

1995-96 28th

1994-95 18th

1993-94 27th

Top 50 Institutions in the 2007-08 NACDA Sports Academy Directors’ Cup

1 Stanford 1461.00

2 UCLA 1182.00

3 Michigan 1161.00

4 Arizona State 1146.00

5 Texas 1129.50

6 Florida 1126.75

7 California 1119.00

8 Louisiana State 1081.66

9 Penn State 1041.00

10 Georgia 1040.00

11 Ohio State 1033.75

12 Texas A&M 1031.00

13 Southern California 1011.25

14 North Carolina 977.50

15 Florida State 970.50

16 Tennessee 952.75

17 Virginia 869.00

18 Wisconsin 829.50

19 Duke (N.C.) 820.00

20 Auburn 761.50

21 Notre Dame 760.50

22 Washington 745.25

23 Oklahoma 713.00

24 Arkansas 696.00

25 Alabama 683.00

26 Oregon 680.75

27 Arizona 666.50

28 Minnesota 656.75

29 Michigan State 637.25

30 West Virginia 630.50

31 Nebraska 619.75

32 Louisville 601.50

33 Oklahoma State 588.25

34 Illinois 586.75

35 Purdue 581.00

36 Kentucky 568.50

37 Virginia Tech 568.00

38 Missouri 560.50

39 Indiana 544.00

40 Northwestern 523.50

41 Brigham Young (Utah) 513.25

42 Baylor (Tex.) 477.50

43 Clemson 457.25

44 Texas Tech 447.00

45 Wake Forest 445.75

46 Miami (Fla.) 445.50

47 Denver 434.25

48 South Carolina 413.00

49 Connecticut 400.00

50 Colorado 398.00

Other SEC Institutions

59 Vanderbilt 349.50

68 Ole Miss 295.50

109 Mississippi State 171.50



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