North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State will all have different reasons to brag about their athletic departments this spring.
In the latest Directors’ Cup standings, North Carolina and Duke rank among the top eight, while N.C. State is one of only five schools in the nation to have its football team play in a bowl game, its men’s basketball team advance to the NCAA tournament and its baseball team advance to the Super Regionals.
In the Directors’ Cup midseason spring standings released on May 30, North Carolina was No. 4, Duke was No. 8 and N.C. State was No. 38.
The Directors’ Cup is a measure of an athletic program’s overall success in 20 sports, and is released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Despite falling one position since the winter sports rankings were released, all eight of N.C. State’s springs sports qualified for NCAA postseason play for the first time since the Directors’ Cup was instituted 20 years ago.
“We’re really happy with the eight sports all qualifying for postseason play,” sports information director Annabelle Myers said. “Our progress has been awesome when you compare it to a few years ago.
According to Myers, athletic director Debbie Yow set a goal to finish in the top 25 in the standings when she took over in June 2010. In her first two years at N.C. State, the school improved 52 spots in the Directors’ Cup standings to No. 37 last year.
North Carolina and Duke have both improved their positions in the standings since the final winter rankings were released.
North Carolina has jumped two spots since the winter standings due in large part to its non-revenue sports. The Tar Heels women’s lacrosse team won the national championship, and both the men’s lacrosse and women’s tennis teams finished fifth.
Top five finishes from women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis and a national championship from its men’s lacrosse team helped Duke move up 11 places to No. 8. The Blue Devils have netted 407 points so far this spring, the most of any school.
Stanford, winner of 18 consecutive Directors’ Cups, leads the standings with 1,233 points.
The latest standings do not take into account men’s golf, women’s rowing, softball, track and field or baseball. The final Directors’ Cup standings for the 2012-13 season will be announced after the College World Series.
All three schools will have a chance to improve their positions. N.C. State will host Rice, and North Carolina will play South Carolina in the baseball Super Regionals. North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State all have individuals competing in the Outdoor Track and Field Championships.