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Stanford To Win its 12th Consecutive U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup

June 19, 2006

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New Orleans, Louisiana - Stanford University will continue its record winning streak in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup competition for the NCAA Division I. With only baseball remaining, Stanford has secured its 12th consecutive award, presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA Today to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.

The 2005-06 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup winners were announced at NACDA's 41st Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the four winning institutions -- one in each of the NCAA Divisions (I, II, and III), and the NAIA -- were awarded with their U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cups. Although the Division I race will not conclude until late June, after the conclusion of the NCAA College World Series, Stanford has already clinched the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup.

The Cardinal current have a total of 1,133.375 points (to date), surpassing runner-up UCLA by 87 points. Stanford won its 12th straight Directors' Cup with national championships in women's cross country and tennis and runner-up finishes in women's indoor track and field and men's water polo. The Cardinal placed 10 additional teams in the top 10.

Stanford teams placing in the top 10 were women's water polo (3rd), men's gymnastics (3rd), men's swimming (3rd), women's basketball (5th), women's swimming (5th), men's tennis (5th), men's cross country (6th), fencing (men's) (7th), women's lacrosse (9th), and softball (9th). The Cardinal recorded points nine men's sports and the maximum of 10 women's sports. However, Stanford does not receive points for women's soccer, lacrosse or rowing as the Cardinal have already scored in the Directors' Cup maximum of 10 women's sports. Stanford averaged 60 points per sport.

Developed as a joint effort between USA Today and NACDA, the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes the institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program.

Currently in second place is UCLA with 1,046.38 points, with national titles in women water polo and men's volleyball and runner-up finishes in women's soccer and men's basketball and outdoor track and field. The Bruins also placed third in softball; fifth in men's tennis; seventh in men's golf; ninth in women's volleyball and tennis; 11th in women's golf; 13th in football and women's gymnastics; 14th in women's outdoor track and field; 17th in women's basketball and men's soccer; and 20th in women's swimming.

Rounding out the current top five are the University of Texas, in third with 941 points, University of Florida, in fourth with 913 points and the University of Notre Dame, in fifth with 880.5 points.

Final standings will be published June 29 following the conclusion of the College World Series.