July 1, 2011
With top-10 finishes in 12 different NCAA sports, including national championships in men's and women's swimming & diving, Cal Athletics has posted its highest finish ever in the Directors' Cup, taking third overall in rankings that measure overall success in intercollegiate athletic programs nationwide.
The Golden Bears, who are rated among the top 10 for the sixth year in a row, previously placed as high as seventh three times, most recently in 2009. Only Stanford and Florida can match Cal's current streak of consecutive years in the top 10.
The Bears achieved their lofty Directors' Cup status despite receiving no points from rugby (national title) or men's crew (third at the IRA regatta) because they are not NCAA-sponsored sports.
In addition to the three national champions, three other Bears programs were national runners-up - volleyball and men's and women's water polo. Baseball (T5th), women's crew (3rd), men's gymnastics (4th), men's soccer (T5th) and softball (T5th) all earned top-five national finishes also. Cal and Florida were the only two schools in the country to have both their baseball and softball teams advance to their respective College World Series, while all six Golden Bear men's and women's programs that compete in or on the water - swimming & diving, water polo and crew - were in the top three nationally.
The 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 sponsored by the NCAA - 10 women's and 10 men's.
Cal's top-10 run began in 2006 when the Bears placed seventh. The Bears were then ninth in 2007, seventh in both 2008 and '09 and ninth again last year. Cal first achieved top-10 status in 2003 and 2004, taking ninth both times.
In 2011, Cal compiled 1,219.50 points, including 629.0 in the spring - more than any other school in the country. Stanford claimed the title with 1,550.25 points, followed by Ohio State (1,277.05), Cal, Florida (1,212.25) and Duke (1,171.50). Other Pac-12 schools in the top 25 were UCLA (11th), USC (14th), Arizona (16th) and Washington (21st).
A complete look at the 2011 standings can be found on the NACDA website.
Below is a year-by-year look at Cal's finishes in the Directors' Cup:
Cal scored Directors' Cup points in the following sports in 2010-11:
Baseball - 5th (78 points)
Note: Rugby (1st) and men's crew (3rd) do not count towards Directors' Cup points because they are not NCAA-sponsored sports