Oklahoma is the highest ranked Big 12 school in the Directors’ Cup standings that now include all fall and winter Division 1 collegiate sports. The Sooners are ranked 13th in the latest standings with 566.50 cumulative points. Texas is four spots behind Oklahoma, in 17th place with 524.50 total points. The third Big 12 school ranked among the top 25 is Oklahoma State at No. 24, with 460.00 points.
The Directors’ Cup takes into account how an institution finishes in NCAA Championship competition in 20 different sports – 10 for the men and 10 for the women – over three different athletic seasons: fall sports, winter sports and spring sports.
Oklahoma moved up to 13th after finishing 27th in the fall sports standings. Texas, with a first-place finish in men’s volleyball and ninth in men’s cross country, was 10th overall after the first stage of the 2012-13 Directors’ Cup. Oklahoma State was 24th in the final fall standings and remained in that same position in the final winter sports standings. The Sooners were second in both the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Gymnastics Championships this year, which moved them into the top 15 after two cycles of the annual competition
Michigan is the top-rated school in the overall standings as the competition now turns to spring sports. The Wolverines passed Stanford, the leader after the fall sports period, after capturing a first-place finish in men’s gymnastics, nad swimming and diving and second place in men’s basketball. Stanford practically owns the Sports Directors’ Cup, having finished first in the full-year standings in 18 of the 19 years the award has been presented. The only year the Cardinal did not win it was the initial year (1993-94), when it was the runner-up to North Carolina.
The ranking of other Big 12 schools through the winter sports season: Iowa State (27th) West Virginia (41), Kansas (54), Baylor (56), Texas Tech (62), Kansas State (77) TCU (78). Kansas, with a ninth-place finish in both men’s and women’s basketball, made the largest advancement in the standings from the fall to winter, improving from 111th to 54th.
The Big leads all conferences with three schools (1. Michigan, 3. Penn State and 7. Minnesota) currently in the top 10 in the standings. The Southeastern Conference (4. Florida, 9. Georgia) and the Pac-12 (2. Standford, 8. UCLA) have two teams each in the top 10 and the Big East has one (Notre Dame).
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is awarded annually to the best collegiate athletics program It is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today.