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Four conference schools place among the top 10; eight ranked among the top 25
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference leads all conferences with four schools ranked among the top 10 of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup 2015 Final Fall Standings. The ACC also leads all conferences with eight schools among the top 25, and 11 among the top 40.
NCAA championships by the Syracuse men’s cross country and field hockey teams highlighted the fall sports season for the ACC, along with national runner-up finishes by Clemson in football and men’s soccer, Duke in women’s soccer and North Carolina in field hockey.
The dual national titles propelled Syracuse to the No. 2 spot in the fall standings with 347.5 points. The No. 2 fall ranking is the highest ever attained by the Orange. North Carolina is third with 342 points, while Virginia holds the sixth spot with 295. Notre Dame stands ninth with 275.
Florida State placed just outside of the top 10 in 12th place with 267.5 points, Clemson holds the No. 17 spot with 230, and Duke is 19th with 218. No. 23 Louisville finished the fall with 192 points.
No. 26 Boston College finished with 186 points. NC State holds the 35th spot with 146, and Virginia Tech is 39th with 142.
Wake Forest (66th with 98 points), Miami (111th with 50 points) and Pitt (155th with 25 points) round out the ACC’s fall scoring.
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.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found at www.directorscup.org.
The first Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, March 24.