June 27, 2007
Auburn has finished 19th in the 2006-07 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup, which was announced Wednesday. The Cup is awarded annually to the nation's best overall collegiate athletics programs by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA Today.
Auburn finished with 866.25 points to finish in the 19th spot, behind No. 18 Texas A&M and ahead of No. 20 Minnesota. The Tigers earned points in 13 of the 20 sports sponsored by Auburn in the competition, including 100 points each in men's and women's swimming and diving after both teams won national championships. The men's outdoor track and field team, which finished third nationally, netted Auburn 85 points. The men's and women's indoor track and field teams both finished fifth for 75 points apiece, while football, at No. 8, earned 70.5 points. Women's golf, at No. 9, finished with 69 points.
The 19th-place finish is four spots higher than the Tigers' 23rd-place finish a year ago.
Stanford won the Cup, followed by No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Michigan and fifth-ranked Southern California.
The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. The U.S. Sports Academy, based out of Daphne, Ala., is the program's sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's.