The University of Georgia finished No. 15 in the 2016-17 edition of the Learfield NACDA Directors’ Cup, the all-sports competition ranking collegiate athletic programs. The final rankings were released Thursday following the completion of the College World Series.
Georgia posted its 20th-consecutive top-20 effort, making UGA one of only six Division I schools to finish in the top 20 every year since 1997-98. The other schools to do so are Florida, North Carolina, Stanford, Texas and UCLA.
During 2016-17, 15 of Georgia’s 20 sports included in the Directors’ Cup scored points for UGA. Nine programs posted top-10 efforts. The women’s indoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field teams led that list with runner-up finishes. Also scoring in the top 10 were men’s tennis (3rd), women’s swimming & diving (4th), men’s indoor track & field (4th), men’s outdoor track & field (6th), gymnastics (7th), men’s swimming & diving (8th) and women’s tennis (9th). Additional teams scoring points included softball (17th), women’s golf (25th), women’s cross country (32nd), men’s cross country (33rd), football (33rd) and men’s golf (55th).
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today began the Directors’ Cup competition during the 1993-94 academic year. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports in Division I – 10 men’s and 10 women’s. Georgia has finished in the top 20 in 22 of the competition’s 24 years. UGA’s highest finish was No. 2 in 1998-99, one of nine top-10 rankings for the Bulldogs. Within the SEC, Georgia is one of five schools with double-digit top-20 NACDA finishes over the past 20 years, joined by Florida (20), LSU (16), Texas A&M (12) and Tennessee (10).
The Southeastern Conference led all leagues with eight schools in the top 25, followed by the Pac 12 with six, ACC and Big Ten with four each and the Big 12 with three.