BYU finishes 31st in Learfield Directors’ Cup standings | BYU Cougar Club

BYU finishes 31st in Learfield Directors’ Cup standings

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PROVO, Utah – BYU athletics finished the 2016-17 season ranked No. 31 in the Learfield Directors’ Cup Division I final standings.

The Cougars’ No. 31 ranking is the highest among schools not in a Power Five conference and one spot lower than its 30th-place ranking in 2015-16. BYU finished 39 spots ahead of the next best program in the West Coast Conference (Pepperdine, 70th) and had the highest ranking among all NCAA Division I programs in the state of Utah, ahead of Utah (54), Southern Utah (153), Utah State (198), Weber State (T-252) and Utah Valley (287).

Stanford won the 2016-17 Directors’ Cup while Ohio State, Florida, USC and North Carolina rounded out the top five.

In 24 years of the Directors’ Cup, BYU has an average ranking of 33 and 12 top-30 rankings. The Cougars’ highest finish was 12th in 1998-99.

The Directors’ Cup honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. Begun in 1993-94 for Division I by NACDA and USA Today, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA and, in 2011-12, expanded to the Junior/Community Colleges.

In NCAA Division I, points are awarded in 10 women's and 10 men's sports for each program based on NCAA finishes. The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points in their division's Directors' Cup standings.

BYU teams earned points towards the 2016-17 Directors’ Cup in women's cross country (67.5), men's cross country (72), football (45), women's soccer (64), women's volleyball (64), women's gymnastics (46.5), women's indoor track and field (55), baseball (25), women’s golf (27), men’s golf (28.5), softball (50), women’s outdoor track and field (29), men’s outdoor track and field (37.5) and men’s volleyball (90).

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Learfield Directors’ Cup Division I Standings
1 Stanford  Pac 12 
2 Ohio State  Big Ten 
3 Florida SEC
4 USC  Pac 12 
5 North Carolina ACC 
6 Michigan  Big Ten
7 Texas Big 12 
8 Penn State  Big Ten
9 Oregon Pac 12 
10 Kentucky SEC
11 UCLA  Pac 12 
12 Texas A&M  SEC 
13 Florida State  ACC
14 California  Pac 12 
15 Georgia  SEC 
16 Wisconsin Big Ten
17 Oklahoma  Big 12 
18 LSU  SEC 
19 Virginia ACC
20 Arkansas SEC
21 South Carolina  SEC 
22 Washington Pac 12
23 Notre Dame ACC
24 Baylor  Big 12
25 Alabama SEC
26 Louisville ACC
27 Oklahoma State Big 12
28 Auburn  SEC
29 North Carolina State ACC 
30 Minnesota  Big Ten
32 Duke ACC
33 Missouri SEC
34 Colorado Pac 12
35 Denver Summit
36 Northwestern Big Ten
37 Nebraska Big Ten
38 Illinois Big Ten
39 Ole Miss SEC
40 Virginia Tech ACC
41 Purdue Big Ten
42 Arizona Pac 12
43 Arizona State Pac 12
44 Syracuse ACC
45 West Virginia Big 12
46 Tennessee SEC
47 Indiana Big Ten
48 Princeton Ivy League
49 Mississippi State SEC
50 Maryland Big Ten