UF places second among universities in sports performance

Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 3:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 5:44 p.m.

It's official now: This is the Year of the Gator.


2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings:

Rank – School – Total*

1. – Stanford – 1508.50

2. – Florida – 1237.25

3. – Virginia – 1189.25

4. – UCLA – 1034.00

5. – Texas A&M – 1020.75

6. – Ohio State – 1015.50

7. – Florida State – 1009.50

8. – California – 988.50

9. – North Carolina – 984.30

10. – Duke – 982.75

*-as of June 23, 2010 – baseball points to be added at conclusion of College World Series

Confirmation comes in the form of a second-place finish in the 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, the highest finish in University of Florida history in the nation's all-sports standings for the academic year. The final standings will be released after the College World Series in Omaha, but UF's No. 2 finish is sealed.

Led by national championships in women's swimming and diving and men's indoor track, the Gators placed a school-record 14 athletic teams in the top-10 nationally to take second in the national all-sports competition. UF's previous high in the Cup standings was a tie for second in 1997-98.

Florida is the only program in the nation to finish among the nation's top 10 in each of the last 27 national all-sports standings (formerly known as the Sears Cup). This is the first back-to-back top-three finishes in UF history (the Gators were third a year ago).

“NCAA titles by women's swimming & diving and men's indoor track & field were certainly highlights of a year which saw so many top-10 finishes by Gator teams,” UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “Looking to be among the teams in the hunt at the end is the goal of all of our student-athletes and coaches. We are so fortunate that they compete so hard and represent the University of Florida so well. We look forward to the future as the Gators continue to work toward more success.”

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is presented annually by the nation's athletics directors, recognizing the schools with the best overall sports performances in an academic year. Points are awarded based on finishes and participation in 20 NCAA Division I sports.

The Gators finished in the top 10 in 14 sports — women's swimming and diving (No. 1), men's indoor track and field (No. 1), women's tennis (No. 2), men's outdoor track (No. 2), football (No. 3), women's outdoor track (No. 3), women's indoor track (No. 4), gymnastics (No. 5), softball (T-No. 5), men's swimming (No. 5), women's' cross country (No. 7), baseball (T-No. 7), men's tennis (T-No. 9) and volleyball (T-No. 9).

Last month, Florida swept the SEC All-Sports titles, presented by the New York Times Regional Media Group. The Gators led the conference in team championships with seven — baseball, women's cross country, gymnastics, soccer, women's tennis, women's indoor track and men's outdoor track.

UF by the numbers

- 14 top-10 national finishes by 2009-10 teams is the best in school history.

- 6 Gators named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans.

- 85 percent Graduation Success Rate for UF, as reported in 2009 NCAA Federal Graduation Rate Data. UF is one of five programs in the 2009-10 Learfield Sports National All-Sports top 10 to post a GSR above 85%. All Gator teams are in good academic standing in latest Academic Progress Report released earlier this month. No team is close to 925 cutoff that leads to sanctions.

- 10 of the 31 SEC Player of the Year/Athlete of the Year Awards went to Gators — tops in the SEC, next highest is LSU with four.

- $55 million contributed since 1990 by the UAA to UF to fund academic endeavors.

- More than 1.1 million fans attended 172 home events in 2009-10. Five UF teams ranked among the nation's top 10 in attendance.

Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or andreur@gvillesun.com. Also check out Andreu's blog at Gatorsports.com.

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