BYU Finishes No. 27 in Directors' Cup

With its fourth-place NCAA finish, Coach Mark Robison's men's outdoor track and field team was one of six BYU teams to earn top-10 finishes in 2004-05. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- When the final points for the 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup were awarded, BYU was recognized as the No. 27-rated overall athletics program in the country for the 2004-05 season. The Cougars completed the 2004-05 season as the top-ranked school from a non-BCS conference.

BYU's No. 27 finish is two spots higher than its 29th-place ranking in 2003-04. Six of the eight Mountain West Conference schools this past season finished among the top-100 Division I programs, with New Mexico placing 48th, Utah 55th, UNLV 62nd, Air Force 84th and Colorado State 85th.

Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics), the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that rates the country's best overall collegiate athletics programs.

Points are awarded to a maximum of 10 women's and 10 men's sports for each program based on NCAA finishes. Stanford averaged 62 points per sport to claim the Directors' Cup for a record 11th consecutive year. Texas finished second, followed by UCLA, Michigan and Duke.

BYU teams to earn points toward the Directors' Cup standings included men's golf (No. 4 NCAA finish), men's outdoor track and field (No. 4 NCAA finish), men's cross country (No. 5 NCAA finish), women's indoor track and field (No. 6 NCAA finish), women's cross country (No. 8 NCAA finish), women's gymnastics (No. 11 NCAA finish), women's tennis (No. 17 NCAA finish), women's golf (No. 24 NCAA finish) and women's softball (No. 33 NCAA finish). Women's outdoor track and field (No. 10 NCAA finish) and men's indoor track and field (No. 15 NCAA finish) did not receive points because points are awarded only for a team's highest finish during the indoor and outdoor seasons.

For information on BYU's annual finishes in the Director's Cup, select the following link on BYUcougars.com

For information on this year's Director's Cup, select the following link on NACDA.com

2004-05 Sports Academy Director's Cup

Division I Final Standings (top 30)

Rank Institution Final Points

1 Stanford (Calif.) 1238.75

2 Texas 1074.00

3 UCLA 1067.00

4 Michigan 1064.25

5 Duke (N.C.) 1021.25

6 Florida 979.25

7 Georgia 970.00

8 Tennessee 960.25

9 North Carolina 940.50

10 USC 902.25

11 Arizona State 838.25

12 Ohio State 834.25

13 Virginia 808.50

14 Washington 979.25

15 California 972.50

16 Notre Dame (Ind.) 788.00

17 Auburn (Ala.) 781.00

18 Arizona 739.00

19 Wisconsin 686.75

20 Penn State 657.25

21 Nebraska 649.25

22 Minnesota 622.75

23 LSU 614.50

24 Oklahoma 571.25

25 Baylor (Texas) 570.50

26 Texas A&M 566.25

27 BYU (Utah) 561.50

28 Maryland 554.50

29 Northwestern (Ill.) 532.75

30 Florida State 530.00

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