Strong performances in collegiate spring sports competition elevated Oklahoma and Texas to top-20 finishes in the final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings for 2012-13. Oklahoma finished seventh, the highest of all of the Big 12 schools, while Texas climbed four positions, to 13th, after the spring sports season.
Stanford, which was second behind Michigan after the winter sports season, captured its 19th straight Directors’ Cup title. Florida finished second; UCLA, winners of the College World Series this year, its first baseball championship in school history, was third; Michiga fourth, and Texas A&M rounded out the top five.
The Sooners moved up from 11th after the winter sports season, aided greatly by their national championship in softball. By finishing in the top 10 in the Directors’ Cup standings, the Big 12 has had at least one school finish among the top 10 schools in each of the past 11 years. Texas has finished in the top 15 for 12 consecutive years (every year since 2001-02). The Longhorns won the women’s volleyball national championship and recorded four top five, seven top 10 and 15 top-25 finishes in NCAA Championship competition during the 2012-13 college sports season.
All 10 Big 12 institutions ended the sports year among the top 75 in the Directors’ Cup standings. Oklahoma State finished 27th, Iowa State 41st, Baylor 45th, Texas Tech 48th, TCU 50th, Kansas 58th, West Virginia 68th and Kansas State 72nd.
The Directors Cup was developed as a joint project of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The standings are based on the national finish of each NCAA Division I school in 20 sports (10 men’s sports and 10 women’s).