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ASU Finishes Fourth in 2007-08 U.S. Sports Academy Director's Cup
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Release: 06/26/2008
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TEMPE, Ariz. - On the strength of three national championships and eight total Top 10 national finishes this year, the Arizona State University athletics department has finished fourth in the 2007-08 U.S. Sports Academy Director's Cup standings that were released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Thursday. The Cup standings reflect each university's success in collegiate athletics throughout the academic year and are used to determine the top overall collegiate athletics programs in the nation each year.

"The 2007-08 year has been a most exciting season for us at Arizona State University," Lisa Love, Vice President for University Athletics, said. "I could not be prouder of the student-athletes and coaches who competed at such a high level for our university. Their accomplishments have brought great prestige to our university and our community. We compete in such a prolific conference, the Pacific-10 Conference, in which we won five conference titles. We also won three national championships. I am so proud of the great work going on within our athletic family."

With 1,146.00 points, the Sun Devils claimed their first placement among the Top 5 in the Cup standings for the first time under the current NACDA formula, which was started in time for the 1993-94 academic year, and surpasses the previous top finish of ninth place in 2000-01. ASU was the third-highest finisher this year among Pac-10 schools with Stanford (1,461.00) winning the Cup and UCLA (1,182.00) placing second. Michigan was third (1,154.00).

The Sun Devils earned 100 points each from the softball, men's indoor track & field and women's indoor track & field squads this year after each won national titles. The women's outdoor track & field team (second), the women's cross country team (fourth) and the women's golf team (fifth) each earned Top 5 finishes to help the Sun Devils climb the charts. Overall, 18 of the department's 22 teams scored points toward the Cup with half of the teams securing more than 60 points each.

Following the fall, the Sun Devils stood 28th overall with 165 points as women's cross country (80), football (63) and men's cross country (22) each scored. The winter saw seven of the school's eight eligible teams score points to bring the overall total to 612 points and push the department to ninth overall. In the winter, the indoor track teams picked-up 200 total points while swimming combined for 113 (57 for women and 56 for men). Also adding to the total included women's basketball (50), wrestling (45.5) and gymnastics (38.5).

In the spring, eight of the nine eligible teams scored 25 or more points, including the national champion softball squad (100) and fellow Top 10 finishers women's track & field (90 points, second), women's golf (75, fifth), men's track & field (73.5, sixth) and baseball (64, ninth). Adding to the totals were men's golf (56.5), women's tennis (50) and men's tennis (25).

The Cup was started in the early 1970's by the Knoxville Journal with the newspaper awarding points based upon finishes in the national meets and tallying three standings: men, women and combined. Under that format, ASU climbed its way into the Top 5 on several occasions as a combined program, finishing second in 1981 after placing third in 1976, 1977 and 1978. When USA Today took over compiling the numbers in the late 1980's, the Sun Devils finished in the Top 10 on several occasions as a combined program with their highest finish coming in 1990 when they finished fourth after the men were fourth and women fifth in their separate divisions.


Arizona State Team, National Finish, Points Earned
 Track & Field (W - Indoor) 1st 100.0
 Track & Field (M - Indoor) 1st 100.0
 Softball 1st 100.0
 Track & Field (W - Outdoor) 2nd 90.0
 Cross Country (Women) 4th 80.0
 Golf (Women) 5th 75.0
 Track & Field (M - Outdoor) 6th 73.5
 Baseball 9th 64.0
 Football 16th 63.0
 Swim & Dive (Women) 17th 57.0
 Golf (Men) 17th 56.5
 Swim & Dive (Men) 18th 56.0
 Basketball (Women) 17th 50.0
 Tennis (Women) 17th 50.0
 Wrestling 28th 45.5
 Gymnastics 31st 38.5
 Tennis (Men) 33rd 25.0
 Cross Country (Men) 26th 22.0
U.S. Sports Academy Director's Cup Standings













Academic Year - Overall Finish - Points Scored
 2007-2008 4th 1,146.00
 2006-2007 10th 1,005.00
 2005-2006 13th 784.63
 2004-2005 11th 838.25
 2003-2004 17th 708.00
 2002-2003 10th 860.75
 2001-2002 15th 767.50
 2000-2001 9th 801.00
 1999-2000 11th 733.00
 1998-1999 12th 420.00
 1997-1998 12th 432.00
 1996-1997 13th 571.00
 1995-1996 21st 521.50
 1994-1995 12th 601.50
 1993-1994 10th 603.00
Arizona State's All-Time Director's Cup Finishes 












 Sun Devil Team  Record (Pac-10)  Postseason   NCAA  Pac-10
 Baseball  49-13 (16-8)  NCAA Super Regional 9th 1st
 Basketball (M)  21-13 (9-9)  NIT -- t-5th
 Basketball (W)  22-11 (14-4)  NCAA Tournament -- 3rd
 Cross Country (M)  n/a  NCAA Championships 26th * 5th
 Cross Country (W)  n/a  NCAA Championships 4th * t-3rd
 Football  10-3 (7-2)  Holiday Bowl -- t-1st
 Golf (M)  n/a  NCAA Championships t-17th * 1st
 Golf (W)  n/a  NCAA Championships 5th * 3rd
 Gymnastics  4-17 (2-10)  NCAA Regional 19th * 7th
 Soccer  10-9-1 (4-4-1)  -- -- t-5th
 Softball  66-5 (18-3)  NCAA Champions 1st 1st
 Swimming & Diving (M)  3-8 (1-3)  NCAA Championships 18th * 4th
 Swimming & Diving (W)  4-6 (1-5)  NCAA Championships 7th * 5th
 Tennis (M)  15-5 (3-4)  NCAA Regional ! 25th 5th
 Tennis (W)  15-8 (4-4)  NCAA Regional ! 23rd 5th
 Track & Field (M - In)  n/a  NCAA Champions 1st ! 5th
 Track & Field (W - In)  n/a  NCAA Champions 1st ! 1st
 Track & Field (M - Out)  n/a  NCAA Championships 6th * 2nd
 Track & Field (W - Out)  n/a  NCAA Championships 2nd * 1st
 Volleyball  15-16 (7-11)  -- -- 7th
 Water Polo  21-14 (7-5 MPSF)  -- 9th t-5th
 Wrestling  9-5 (3-4)  NCAA Championships 28th * 4th















  * finish at Pac-10 tournament (! MPSF tournament); all other finishes are based on regular season standings


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