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Jan. 14, 2011
The Atlantic Coast Conference is well represented in the Learfield Sports Directors‘ Cup Final Fall Standings released January 12, 2011 with five ACC schools in the Top 10, three more than any other conference. In addition to holding half of the Top 10 spots, the ACC was the only league with two schools in the Top Five, and also placed eight in the Top 60 and 10 in the Top 100.
North Carolina led the way for the conference in second place with 380 points, trailing only Stanford. The Tar Heels had an impressive fall campaign, including a second place finish for field hockey and a second consecutive year as third place in men’s soccer. North Carolina also finished 26th in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Florida State also finished in the Top Five in fourth place with 361.5 points. The Seminoles finished second in both the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships, 16th in the Football Subdivision and a second consecutive fifth-place finish in women’s soccer.
Maryland finished three behind Florida State in seventh with 273 points. The Terrapins’ impressive fall campaign was led by their NCAA Champion field hockey squad and a top-five finish for women’s soccer. Football also finished a Top 25 campaign coming in at number 24 in the Football Subdivision.
Duke and Virginia round out the Top 10, finishing ninth and 10th respectively with 258 and 244 points. Duke’s fall success was led by its volleyball team, which was just the third ACC team ever to advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament and finish in fifth place overall and women’s soccer that finished their season in ninth place. Virginia’s fall teams posted two Top 10 finishes, a third-place finish for field hockey and ninth place for women’s soccer.
Also in the Top 30 was Boston College in 29th with 169 points. The Eagles were led by women’s soccer’s first appearance in the College Cup and a third-place finish overall. Boston College football also finished in the Top 50 at number 46.
Virginia Tech was the next highest ACC institution in 39th place with 135 points, followed by NC State in 52nd place with 109 points, Wake Forest in 67th with 75 points, Miami in 98th with 50 points, and Clemson and Georgia Tech for 131st with 25 points.
About the Atlantic Coast Conference: Now in its 58th 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 120 national championships, including 64 in women’s competition and 56 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 130 times in men’s competition and 91 times in women’s action.
About Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup: Learfield Sports enters its third year partnership of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. 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. 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 http://www.nacda.com