Six ACC Schools Among Top 25 in Learfield Directors' Cup

North Carolina, Virginia earn spots among the final top 10

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.org) – The ACC placed six schools among the top 25 of the final 2015-16 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings, and 12 member institutions rank among the top 50.

North Carolina leads ACC schools with a No. 7 ranking, followed by Virginia at No. 8 and Notre Dame at No. 17. Syracuse checked in at No. 21, followed by Florida State at No. 22 and Duke at No. 24.

Louisville followed at No. 29, with NC State at No. 32, Virginia Tech at No. 38, Miami at No. 40, Clemson at No. 42 and Boston College at No. 48. Wake Forest ranked No. 68, while Georgia Tech placed at No. 80 and Pitt at No. 110.

This marks the seventh time in the last nine academic years that the ACC has finished with at least two teams among the top 10. It is the 15th consecutive year that four or more ACC schools placed among the top 30.   

In the league’s 63-year history, ACC institutions have captured 146 team national championships and 292 individual NCAA titles. The 2015-16 academic year saw five ACC teams claim national championships – Syracuse in men’s cross country and field hockey, Virginia in men’s tennis, and North Carolina in both men’s and women’s lacrosse.

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. North Carolina and Virginia are among only 12 schools nationally that have ranked among the top 30 in each of the 23 Learfield point standings since its inception in 1994.

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found at  www.directorscup.org.  

Final 2015-16  Standings
1. Stanford (1,526.50)
2. Ohio State (1,306.00)
3. Michigan (1,196.75)
4. USC (1,196.25)
5. Florida (1,177.00)
6. UCLA (1,091.50)
7. North Carolina (1,089.50)
8. Virginia (1,088.50)
9. Texas (1,062.00)
10. Oregon (973.75)
 
ACC Schools in Final 2015-16 Directors’ Cup Standings
7.  North Carolina (1089.50)
8. Virginia (1088.50)
17. Notre Dame (894.50)
21. Syracuse (853.00)
22. Florida State (833.00)
24. Duke (804.00)
29. Louisville (693.00)
32.  NC State (677.00)
38. Virginia Tech (578.00)
40. Miami (519.50)
42. Clemson (504.00)
48. Boston College (482.00)
68. Wake Forest (338.50)
80. Georgia Tech (263.50)
110. Pitt (157.00)

About the ACC 
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 64th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).

About Learfield Sports
In its four decades, Learfield has developed trusted, long-term relationships with some of the most revered institutions and associations in the world of collegiate athletics. Learfield Sports owns the exclusive multimedia rights to nearly 120 collegiate athletic programs in the country and has prominence in all of the major conferences. Learfield's rights encompass all athletic department media and sponsorships components, including stadium signage and numerous content distribution platforms. Those platforms deliver the passion of college athletics over radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. Learfield’s college partners also have access to licensing and trademark consulting, concessions and hospitality services, digital platform expertise, venue signage and technology systems and professional ticket sales through its owned and operated companies. This marks the seventh consecutive year for the company to title the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. To learn more, visit www.learfieldsports.com.