The Learfield Directors’ Cup, given annually to the top overall athletic department in the country, might as well be renamed the Cardinal Cup. For the 24th year in a row the winner is Stanford, which has finished first all but once since the award was created in 1993-94.
One of the most remarkable streaks in college athletics just got longer.
— Stanford Athletics (@GoStanford) June 30, 2018
But just as impressive as Stanford’s latest triumph was that two other Pac-12 teams finished in the top 4 nationally. UCLA took second with 1,326 points, 116 behind Stanford. USC was fourth with 1,147 (Florida placed third with 1,216 points).
FINAL STANDINGS ARE IN!@LDirectorsCup
🔵 2nd Place Finish
🔵 Highest Ever Point Total
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) June 30, 2018
Stanford’s latest title was buoyed by 4 NCAA titles: men’s and women’s soccer, women’s swimming & diving and women’s tennis. The Cardinal scored 523 points during the spring season, 137 more than any other school.
Points are awarded based on a school’s finish in 19 different Division I sports. To be eligible for the Directors’ Cup a school must field teams in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball.
UCLA finished second for the first time since 2014-15 and eighth time overall. Its point total was buoyed by national championships in men’s water polo, women’s gymnastics and beach volleyball. USC used spring titles in women’s water polo and women’s track & field to place fourth for the third year in a row.
Other Pac-12 teams’ final rankings were: California (20th), Oregon (24th), Washington (29th), Arizona State (31st), Colorado (37th), Arizona (51st), Oregon State (61st), Utah (62nd) and Washington State (80th).