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Seven conference schools place among the top 26; nine ranked among the top 50
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Seven Atlantic Coast Conference schools rank among the top 26 of the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division I Standings following the completion of the fall and winter sports seasons.
The ACC is tied for the most among all conferences with four schools ranked among the top 12 and seven ranked among the top 30. The ACC’s 12 schools ranked among the top 65 also tie for the most of any conference. Nine ACC schools rank among the top 50, while 13 of the conference’s 15 schools earned sports among the top 84.
The Duke men’s NCAA basketball championship highlighted the winter season for the ACC, which also saw the Notre Dame women’s basketball team place second nationally. A total of 18 teams from ACC schools posted national top-10 finishes in the sports of basketball, fencing, swimming and diving, wrestling and ice hockey.
North Carolina holds third place in the overall scoring with 823.5 points and is joined in the top-10 by Notre Dame in ninth place with 601.5.
Florida State ranks 11th with 597.5 points, followed by Virginia in 12th place with 571.
NC State (22nd place with 466.5 points), Duke (25th place with 450.5) and Louisville (26th with 449.5) round out the ACC’s representation among the top 30.
Virginia Tech ranks 41st (392 points), Syracuse 48th (344.5), Miami 58th (248), Clemson 59th (244.5), Boston College 65th (217) and Pitt 84th (145) round out the ACC schools in the Top 100.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org.
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 standings of the spring sports season will be released on Thursday, May 28.
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