The final standings of the 2011-2012 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup have been released, and for the first time since 2008, the Virginia Cavaliers finished outside the Top 10, earning the No. 15 spot with 910 points. As is the case year-in, year-out, Stanford topped the charts once again with a whopping 1448.25 points.
Directors' Cup points are awarded based on post-season performance in up to 10 men's and 10 women's sports, where each school is able to use their top teams to earn them points. Stanford, for example, performs so well in the women's sports, that even a ninth place finish in women's rowing this year earned them zero points, as they had 10 women's programs outperform this.
Virginia is one of only 14 schools who have finished in the Top 30 every year in the history of the Directors' Cup (19 years). The Cavaliers finished seventh in 2011, a program-best third in 2010, and eighth in 2009.
Virginia Rowing led the way for the Hoos, who were awarded 100 points for bringing home the national championship. Other big points-getters for Virginia included a second place finish for men's tennis (90 points), fourth in women's golf (80 points), fifth in women's soccer (73 points) and ninth in women's tennis (64 points).
All in all, 19 of Virginia's 23 Division I programs earned points for the Hoos:
|W Cross Country||20||34|
|W Track & Field (Indoors)||43||29|
|M Track & Field (Indoors)||45||26|
|M Track & Field||56||15|
Against the conference, the Cavaliers were third, behind Florida State, who finished fifth, and North Carolina, who finished eighth. After that was Duke (16th), Maryland (27th), Virginia Tech (35th), NC State (37th), Clemson (54th), Miami (59th), Boston College (60th), Georgia Tech (72nd) and Wake Forest (92nd).
That may actually be the Hokies' highest finish ever. Here is a PDF with the final standings.