June 17, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - With only baseball yet to be tallied, the penultimate standings for the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup were released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) this past Friday with the Athletic Department at Arizona State University scoring 802.08 points. Arizona State is currently ranked 19th out of 289 programs to score points in the annual competition used to determine the top broad-based athletic program in the nation. In the 20-year history of the program, the Sun Devils will have placed in the Top 30 all 20 times.
Overall, Stanford leads the competition with 1,261.25 points and is followed by Florida, who is second with 1,219.75 points. The Top 5 schools included Michigan (1,138.25), UCLA (1,127.25) and Penn State (1100.00).
Among Pac-12 schools, ASU sits sixth behind Stanford (first), UCLA (fourth), USC (13th), Oregon (15th) and California (17th), but will finish ahead of Arizona no matter what the outcome of the College World Series.
The final rankings will be released June 27 or 28
Arizona State will add 50 points for their appearance in the regional round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament in the final rankings. Based on the team's currently left in the College World Series, only LSU (currently 23rd with 774 points) would have a chance of passing up the Sun Devils, though ASU should leap over Minnesota (currently 18th with 819.50 points) as the Gophers did not qualify for the 64-team NCAA Tournament.
ASU's rise in the rankings has been fueled by a spectacular season in the Spring sports and the men's and women's golf teams heading the charge with both squads posting fifth-place finishes (earning 72.8 and 75 points, respectively) at their respective NCAA Championship events. The men's team reached the quarterfinals of match play despite entering the final week of competition as the No. 27 seed while the women achieved their best finish since 2010.
The Sun Devil softball team finished another impressive season with a seventh-place finish (73 points) in its third consecutive appearance in the Women's College World Series.
Arizona State's women's tennis team finished the season with a top-20 finish in 17th overall, earning 50 points toward the cause.
The ASU women's track and field team finished 10th overall at the NCAA Championships and earned 67.5 points towards ASU cause while the men's squad was 28th overall, earning 43 points.
Indoors, the women's track and field squad posted a seventh-place finish (71.25 points) as ASU's top point-earner for the Winter session of the rankings while the women's gymnastic program earned 13th-place points (59.33) for their solid season.
Both the men's (18th) and women's (23rd) swimming and diving programs finished in the top 25 nationally, garnering 55.5 and 51 points, respectively.
The Sun Devil football team earned 45 points with a 26th-place finish as the athletic department's top-earner during the Fall season.
The Cup, which has carried the names of several different sponsors, 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 IN THE FINAL LEARFIELD DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS
2012-13 - TBA
2011-12 - 30th
2010-11 - 27th
2009-10 - 22nd
2008-09 - 12th
2007-08 - 4th
2006-07 - 10th
2005-06 - 13th
2004-05 - 11th
2003-04 - 17th
2002-03 - 10th
2001-02 - 15th
2000-01 - 9th
1999-00 - 11th
1998-99 - 12th
1997-98 - 12th
1996-97 - 13th
1995-96 - 21st
1994-95 - 12th
1993-94 - 10th
2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Top 5
1. Stanford (1,261.25)
2. Florida (1,219.75
3. Michigan (1,138.25)
4. UCLA (1,127.25)
5. Penn State (1100.00)
19. Arizona State (802.08)
Sun Devil Teams Scoring in the 2012-13 Director's Cup
75.0 - Golf (W) - 5th
73.0 - Softball - 7th
72.8 - Golf (M) - 5th
71.25 - Track and Field (W/In) - 7th
67.5 - Track and Field (W/Out) - 10th
59.33 - Gymnastics - 13th
57.75 - Track and Field (M/In) - 16th
55.5 - Swimming and Diving (M) - 18th
51.0 - Swimming and Diving (W) - 23rd
50.0 - Tennis - 17th
45.0 - Football - 26th
43.0 - Track and Field (M/Out) - 28th
31.0 - Wrestling - 41st
25.0 - Soccer - 33rd
25.0 - Volleyball - 33rd