Florida State Will Finish 5th In Final Directors' Cup Standings

UPDATE 7/1/10-Final results released today. Click here to see the final scorecard

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Today, I am going to go out on a limb and project/predict that the Florida State Seminoles will finish ranked 5th in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, those same final rankings and results that will not be released to the media and public until July 1st. Of course if my calculations are flawed, I am risking the possibility of ridicule, but that's a chance I am willing to take in order to be the first to publish this excellent soon-to-be-released-breaking-news about our Noles' athletic dominance, so that all of our loyal Tomahawk Nation members will be the first to read about this great news.

Regardless if the Seminoles finish ranked 5th, 6th, or 7th (5th for sure), this years final ranking will cap a remarkable season of athletic superiority in many sports, and the best-ever finish for the Florida State Seminoles in the Directors' Cup race.

Again if my calculations are correct, my 5th place projected finish for FSU means that the Noles' now have the 5th most successful inter-collegiate athletic program in the nation for the 2009-2010 academic calender year. This will also represent a 10 position improvement over the previous best-ever #15 ranking, which the Noles' achieved and maintained during the 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09 campaigns.

Additionally, with all the garbage spewing from the loud-mouths of the less intelligent academically challenged conference (YES, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE SEC HOMERS) who constantly spout their conference superiority rhetoric and dominance idiocies at every possible opportunity, 2 of the top 5 teams on the list are from the ACC, and potentially 4 of the top 10 teams (UVA, FSU, UNC, and Duke) could very well be coming from the academically superior ACC conference. (How's my acc taste SEC?)

For the first time ever, 100% of FSU's 19 inter-collegiate sports teams advanced to postseason play this year, which is an improvement over last years also excellent 18 out of 19 teams which qualified for postseason games. Florida State maintained athletic excellence as reflected by this projected No. 5 ranking, and for the second straight year, Florida State enjoyed five ACC championships. The Noles were ACC Champions in Baseball, Men's Track & Field, Men's Indoor Track & Field, Volleyball, and Women's Cross Country. Several FSU teams also made national Championships runs, including Women's Cross Country, Men's Golf, Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball, Women's Basketball, and Baseball* (*projected), who all finished ranked nationally in the top 5 of their respective sports, and which helped boost our point totals in the Directors' Cup challenge.

Last year, FSU had 11 NCAA individual national champions, 36 ACC individual championships, 90 All-America selections, 79 All-ACC honors and 17 end-of-the-year ACC awards.  As soon as this years numbers are released by the FSU SID, this story will be updated to reflect those numbers.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, which is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), recognizes the schools with the best overall sports performances in an academic year. Points are awarded based on finishes and participation in each of the participating institutions top 20 NCAA Division I sports.  If my calculations are not flawed, I project the Noles' will finish ranked #5 with a total of 1087.5 points, just behind UCLA, who then follows Virginia, Florida, and with the winner once again being Stanford. There are 278 Division I institutions that are presently ranked in the current Directors' Cup Standings.

The Directors' Cup is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, and for achieving success in the many sports that the NCAA offers a championship for in men's and women's sports competitions.  The Cup first began in 1993-94 for only Division I programs by the NACDA and USA Today jointly, but was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA.

Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports. In Division I, each institutions top 10 men’s and top 10 women’s sports are eligible for points. Points for the Directors' Cup are based on order of finish in various NCAA sponsored championships, or in the case of Division I Football, the USA Today poll.

Here are the final rankings for all of the 19 FSU teams that participate in NCAA inter-collegiate athletics. Ten FSU teams out of the 19, in BOLD, finished their seasons ranked in the Top 10 Nationally in their respective sports.

Here are the final rankings for all of the 19 FSU teams that participate in NCAA inter-collegiate athletics. Ten FSU teams out of the 19, in BOLD, finished their seasons ranked in the Top 10 Nationally in their respective sports.

Women’s Cross Country #2

Men’s Golf #3

Men’s Baseball #5 Tied 

Women’s Soccer #5

Women's Volleyball #5

Women’s Basketball #5

Women’s Indoor Track & Field #7

Men’s Track & Field #8

Women’s Tennis #9

Women’s Golf #10

Men’s Indoor Track & Field #12

Men’s Tennis #17

Men’s Swimming & Diving #19

Women’s Track & Field #20

Football #26

Men’s Cross Country #30

Men’s Basketball #33

Women’s Softball #33

Women’s Swimming & Diving #44

Hopefully in the near future, FSU will add another men's sport which will help us out by giving us our full compliment of 10 sports each for men and women.  This will eliminate our present disadvantage since we are competing without our full allotment of teams that could generate points in the Directors' Cup challenge, and since FSU does not participate in many of the sports which are point eligible.  Some of the sports eligible for points are field hockey, men’s soccer, men's volleyball, water polo, ice hockey, wrestling, bowling, gymnastics, skiing, rifle, lacrosse, and rowing, and many of these are quite popular at other institutions in different parts of the country.

Here is yearly breakdown of the final Directors' Cup rankings for Florida State since its inception.

1993-94=25

1994-95=24

1995-96=24

1996-97=49

1997-98=46

1998-99=39

1999-2000=46

2000-01=35

2001-02=39

2002-03=38

2003-04=22

2004-05=30

2005-06=17

2006-07=15

2007-08=15

2008-09=15

2009-10=5th Place

Incredibly, Stanford has won for the 16th straight year, which is quite a accomplishment even though they accumulate many of their points in many non-major sports categories, but nevertheless, it is still an impressive streak. Stanford has won every year except the first year, 1993-94, which was won by North Carolina. As winners, they will once again receive a Crystal Waterford Trophy.

Incidentally, FSU Athletic Director and regular Tomahawk Nation contributor and member Randy Spetman, is currently serving as president of the NACDA, which is the governing body for this award.

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