UF athletics places second in Directors' Cup

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley praised his program following a second-place finish in the Directors' Cup.

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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 5:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 1:50 p.m.

Although final results are not official until after the College World Series concludes, the University of Florida has clinched second place in the prestigious Directors' Cup. It is UF's second No. 2 national finish in the Cup standings in the past three years.

The Gators also are in a strong position to win the men's Capital One Cup for the second consecutive year. If Arkansas fails to win the College World Series, UF clinches a first-place finish in the second year of the Capital One Cup.

It all adds up to yet another banner year for one of the nation's elite overall athletic programs.

“This was quite a season for the Gator program,” UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “Certainly, Florida fans can celebrate the NCAA titles by women's tennis and both the men's indoor and outdoor track & field programs.

“Placing second in the Directors' Cup shows that many Gator teams performed well in this season's national championship competition. Our student-athletes and coaches strive for success and we take great pride in watching them compete at the highest level.”

Stanford has clinched its 18th consecutive Directors' Cup, compiling a total of 1,448.25 points. The Gators finished second with 1,314.00 points. UCLA holds the third spot, while Florida State is in fifth place (with the CWS still to go).

The Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women's and 10 men's.

Florida is the only program to finish among the nation's top 10 in each of the last 29 national all-sports standings. The Gator program also was second in 2009-10 and tied for second in 1997-98.

In 2011-12, the Gators won three national championships (men's indoor and outdoor track and field and women's tennis) and four conference titles, three in the SEC.

Florida's 12 top-10 national team finishes in 2011-12 matches the third-highest in school history. At least 10 Gator teams have turned in top-10 finishes in each of the last 11 seasons. The program's record of 14 top-10 finishes came in 2009-10.

Along with three national titles this academic year, the Gators finished second in gymnastics, tied for third in lacrosse and tied for fifth in men's basketball and volleyball.

Florida also is in a position to win the men's Capital One Cup, depending on what happens in Omaha this weekend (and in the final national baseball poll). The Gators automatically clinch the Cup if Arkansas does not win the baseball title. Even if the Razorbacks do, UF could still take the Cup if the baseball team finishes in the top seven or eight in the final poll.

UF is in ninth-place in the women's standings. Stanford has clinched the women's Capital One Cup.

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

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