July 5, 2017
CLEVELAND -- Stanford finished out the year atop the final 2016-17 Division I Learfield Directors' Cup standings with 1517.50 total points. The Cardinal recorded four national championships the year - men's soccer, women's volleyball, women's swimming and diving and women's water polo. In addition, Stanford tallied 15 top-10 finishes.
The following scores were omitted due to Stanford scoring in 25 total sports -- women's field hockey, women's soccer, women's gymnastics, men's indoor track and field and men's outdoor track and field.
For the third time in the history of the Directors' Cup, Ohio State finished second overall with 1343.75 total points. The Buckeyes won the men's volleyball title and took home the runner-up trophy in men's gymnastics, fencing, wrestling and men's lacrosse. The following scores were omitted due to the Buckeyes scoring in 24 total sports -- men's indoor track and field, men's golf, women's outdoor track and field and softball.
Finishing third for the fourth time in the history of the Cup is Florida with a total of 1252.50 total points. The Gators took home the baseball title, along with national championships in men's outdoor track and field and women's tennis. Florida tallied over half of its overall points in the spring season, 683.25, the most of any Division I program this spring.
For the sixth time overall, USC finished the year in the top five with 1251.25 total points. The Trojans captured two national titles in national collegiate beach volleyball and women's soccer, while also finishing second overall in men's water polo.
Rounding out the top-five for the year is North Carolina with 1154.00 total points. The Tar Heels had 10 top-10 finishes, including national championship in men's basketball and runner-up finishes in women's field hockey and men's tennis. The North Carolina men's outdoor track and field score was omitted due to scoring in 11 men's sports.
The Pac 12 and Big Ten led all conferences with three institutions finishing in the top-10 (Pac 12: Stanford -- 1st, USC -- 4th, Oregon -- 9th) and (Big Ten: Ohio State -- 2nd, Michigan -- 6th, Penn State -- 8th).
The Learfield 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 in Division I -- 10 men's and 10 women's.
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