CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The University of Oregon scored an all-time best 943 points to record its second straight top-15 national finish in Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, which were released Friday.
During the 2013-14 academic year, the Ducks won national titles in men’s outdoor track and field and men’s and women’s indoor track and field, in addition to top-five NCAA finishes in softball (third), women’s outdoor track and field (third) and men’s cross country (fifth) to place 15th in the final Directors’ Cup standings.
Oregon was also 15th last year, and just one spot off the University’s all-time highest finish of 14th from 2009-10.
“Placing in the top 15 nationally for the second straight year, while at the same time only sponsoring 18 NCAA championship athletic programs, is an exceptional achievement that exemplifies our commitment to success across the board at the University of Oregon,” said Director of Athletics Rob Mullens. “Our entire staff is proud of the efforts made by our student-athletes and coaches, and the support they show for each other.”
In addition to having one third of their 18 NCAA championship athletic programs among the top five nationally, the Ducks counted a ninth-place finish from football following that squad’s victory over Texas in the Alamo Bowl. Oregon also fared well in the NCAA postseason in men’s golf (14th), women’s cross country (14th) and women’s golf (40th), and advanced to the national round of 32 in baseball, volleyball and men’s basketball.
With men’s tennis advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade, all eight of Oregon’s men’s sports programs participated in the postseason, for the first time in school history.
The Ducks sponsor 20 varsity sports programs, 18 of which compete for NCAA Championships. Of those 18 sports, 14 scored in this year’s Directors’ Cup competition. The NCAA does not conduct championships for sand volleyball, nor acrobatics and tumbling, which won its fourth straight NCATA national title in 2014.
Oregon also topped all institutions with 18 or fewer NCAA championship programs for a seventh consecutive year, as the UO remains the only program in the history of the Directors’ Cup to place among the top 15 with 18 or fewer sports.
The Ducks established a school best in Directors’ Cup points for the second straight year. The 943 total for 2013-14 exceeded the 929.75 scored a season ago.
Beyond the success of the current season, the national championships won by the Ducks in 2013-14 means that Oregon is joined by Florida and USC as the only three Universities in the nation to win multiple national titles each of the last two years. What’s more, Oregon is one of only six institutions to claim at least one national title in each of the last five years (Florida, Penn State, Stanford, UCLA, USC).
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today, and recognizes the accomplishments of colleges and universities maintaining a broad-based athletic program. Schools are awarded points based on their national finish in up to 20 sports (10 men’s, 10 women’s).
Stanford, which sponsors 20 more sports than Oregon, accumulated top honors for the 20th straight year with a total of 1,481 points.
The Ducks ranked fourth among all Pac-12 Conference schools behind Stanford, UCLA (seventh) and USC (eighth).
Complete 2013-14 standings and a history of the program can be found at www.directorscup.org.
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