Jan. 14, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference continued its tradition of excellence by placing three schools in the Top six of the final fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings. In addition to being the only conference to place three schools in the Top 6, the ACC is the only conference to place seven of its member schools into the Top 25 and all of its schools into the Top 85.
The University of Virginia paces the ACC in second place with 337 points – only trailing Stanford. Virginia’s impressive fall campaign included an NCAA championship in men’s soccer, a third-place finish in women’s field hockey, a ninth-place showing in women’s soccer, and two 15th-place finishes in men’s and women’s cross country.
North Carolina stands in fifth place with 308 points. The Tar Heels captured the NCAA championship in women’s soccer championship for the second year in a row, and women’s field hockey title for the second time in three years, along with a third place finish in men’s soccer. North Carolina also finished 44th in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Florida State finished just behind North Carolina in sixth place with 295 points. The Seminoles had an outstanding fall showing with a second-place finish in women’s cross country, a 26th-place finish in the FBS and a pair of fifth-place finishes in women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.
Also in the Top 25 was Maryland in 13th place with 227 points. The Terps picked up three Top 10 finishes including a second place finish in field hockey, a fifth place finish in men’s soccer and a ninth place showing in women’s soccer. Wake Forest ended the fall in 16th place with 216 points. The Demon Deacons racked up three Top 5 finishes which included a third place finish in men’s soccer and two fifth place finishes in women’s soccer and field hockey. Duke ended the fall in 18th place with 198 points and Boston College rounded out the Top 25 in 25th place with 187 points.
Virginia Tech was the next highest ACC school in 37th place with 131.5 points, followed by Georgia Tech in 63rd place with 88 points, Miami in 69th with 80 points, while Clemson and NC State finished in a tie for 85th place with 70 points each.
Atlantic Coast Conference notable accomplishments from the final fall Division I Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings:
The ACC is…
- the only conference with three schools in the Top six.
- the only conference with seven schools in the Top 25.
- the only conference with all of its schools in the Top 85.
- the only conference with three fall NCAA championships – Virginia, Men’s Soccer – North Carolina, Women’s Soccer and Field Hockey.
About the Atlantic Coast Conference: Now in its 57th year of competition, the ACC has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 116 national championships, including 62 in women’s competition and 55 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 154 times in men’s competition and 100 times in women’s action.
About Learfield Sports: Learfield Sports enters its second year partnership of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. For nearly four decades, the company has been a preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace. It currently manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences, associations and venues. These ever-expanding relationships feature various strategic sponsorship platforms including radio and television programming, stadium/arena signage, official university publications, Internet sites, digital media, hospitality and at-event impact. Learfield Sports is an operating unit of Jefferson City, Mo.-based Learfield Communications, Inc., which made its initial foray into the world of sports marketing in 1975 as the radio rights holder for the University of Missouri, a client still today. To learn more, visit learfieldsports.com.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s. The first Winter Division I standings will be released Thursday, March 11, 2010.
All nine fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: Villanova (Pa.) (women’s cross country and FCS football); Oklahoma State (men’s cross country); North Carolina (women’s field hockey and women’s soccer); Virginia (men’s soccer); Southern California (men’s water polo); Penn State (women’s volleyball); and Alabama (FBS Football).
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s Web site at www.nacda.com.