Virginia Finishes 13th In Directors' Cup Rankings

June 28, 2007 -- Virginia finished 13th in the final 2006-07 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup competition for Division I schools. It marks the 14th consecutive year, since the program's inception, the Cavaliers have recorded a top-30 finish.

U.Va. is one of 15 schools to rank in the top 30 of the final Directors' Cup standings in each of the 14 years of the program's existence.

Virginia's 13th place finish ties for the second highest ranking by the UVa athletics program in the Directors' Cup competition. Virginia finished eighth in 1999, and finished 13th in 2005, 2000 and 1998. U.Va. finished 26th in last year's Directors' Cup competition.

Teams or individuals in 21 of Virginia's 25 sports advanced to postseason competition in 2006-07, including 20 in NCAA championship events. U.Va.'s athletics year was highlighted by second place finishes by the women's lacrosse and women's rowing teams in NCAA Championships, while the men's soccer and men's tennis teams both reached the NCAA semifinals. In addition, the Cavaliers' Somdev Devvarman became the first men's tennis player from the Atlantic Coast Conference to win the NCAA singles championship and the women's rowing team's varsity four won the NCAA Championship in that event for the third time in the last four years.

Stanford finished first in the NCAA Division I Directors' Cup standings for the 13th consecutive year with 1,429 points and UCLA was second with 1,232 points.

U.Va. was the top Division I program in the state of Virginia in the Directors' Cup standings with 945 points and one of four ACC schools to finish in the top 15. North Carolina finished third with 1,161.33 points, while Duke was 11th (988.25) and Florida State 15th (924.25). Wake Forest finished 23rd (708.50).

In addition to Virginia's 13th place finish in this year's Directors' Cup standings and 26th place finish last year, UVa finished 13th in 2005, 30th in 2004, 19th in 2003, 27th in 2002, 30th in 2001, 13th in 2000, eighth in 1999, 13th in 1998, 22nd in 1997, 21st in 1996, tied for 19th in 1995 and 19th in 1994.

There are four U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup awards, one to honor the institution with the best overall athletics program in each of the NCAA's Divisions I, II and III, and the NAIA. Developed as a joint effort between USA Today and the National Association of Collegiate
Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the U.S. Sports Academy's 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.

2006-07 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' CupFinal Point Standings

1.    Stanford        1429.00
2.    UCLA            1232.00
3.    North Carolina    1161.33
4.    Michigan        1135.25
5.    Southern California    1103.50
6.    Florida        1064.25
7.    Tennessee        1045.75
8.    Texas            1037.25
9.    California        1030.00
10.    Arizona State        1005.00
11.    Duke            988.25
12.    Georgia        971.00
13.    Virginia        945.00
14.    Ohio State        927.50
15.    Florida State        924.25
16.    Wisconsin        913.25
17.    Louisiana State    888.00
18.    Texas A&M        881.00
19.    Auburn        866.25
20.    Minnesota        862.75
21.    Penn State        848.83
22.    Notre Dame        789.50
23.    Wake Forest        708.50
24.    Arizona        703.33
25.    Oklahoma        702.75
26.    Brigham Young    698.60
27.    Nebraska        683.50
28.    Louisville        654.00
29.    Washington        641.25
30.    Northwestern        626.50