June 26, 2012
Year of the Bear
WACO, Texas - With all 19 of its teams reaching postseason play for the first time in school history, Baylor's Year of the Bear culminated with a 25th-place finish in the final 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings released late today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Baylor totaled 726.00 points to match its highest finish ever in the all-sports sweepstakes and place fourth among Big 12 institutions.
"The Year of the Bear is the golden age of Baylor Athletics and one of the most successful years in the history of college athletics by any school" said Ian McCaw, Director of Athletics. "The unprecedented success of this year is a credit to our outstanding coaches, staff and student-athletes.
"God has shown us great favor and we are blessed with strong support from Baylor's Board of Regents, senior administration and Baylor Nation," he added.
Baylor has recorded eight of its 10 highest finishes in the Cup's 19-year history over the last eight years. In addition to its 25th-place showing in both 2011-12 and 2004-05, BU was 31st in 2009-10, 32nd in 2005-06, 33rd in 2008-09, 35th in 2010-11, 38th in 2006-07 and 42nd in 2007-08. Prior to the 2004-05 academic year, Baylor's best Directors' Cup finishes were 39th in 1998-99 and 40th in 2001-02.
BU ranked fourth among Big 12 schools in the final 2012 Directors' Cup standings behind Texas (No. 6), Texas A&M (No. 9) and Oklahoma (No. 14). BU finished ahead of Big 12 rivals Oklahoma State (No. 42), Iowa State (No. 46), Missouri (No. 49), Kansas (No. 56), Kansas State (No. 62) and Texas Tech (No. 71).
Future Big 12 members West Virginia and TCU finished 45th and 52nd, respectfully. Stanford won the Directors' Cup for the 18th consecutive year, followed by Florida, UCLA, Ohio State, Florida State, Texas, Southern Cal, North Carolina, Texas A&M and Michigan to round out the top 10.
Among the Lone Star state's nine Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS) programs, Baylor ranked behind only Texas and Texas A&M, while it stood fifth among all private FBS institutions after Stanford, Southern Cal, Duke and Notre Dame, however, all four of the schools sponsor more sports than does BU. In fact, no school with fewer sports than Baylor finished above the Bears in the final 2011-12 Directors' Cup standings.
Of Baylor's school-record 726.00, 2011-12 Directors' Cup points, 139.50 were earned last fall, with 267.75 totaled during the winter sports season and 318.75 tallied over the recently completed spring sports season. All-told, Baylor produced a school-record 19 postseason squads (after having 14 postseason entrants in each of the previous three seasons), two national team championships, three Big 12 Conference championship teams (two regular season and one tournament crown) and every squad registered a winning record in the same season for the second straight year.
In the classroom, Baylor student-athletes continued to excel in 2011-12, too. A school-record 630 student-athletes were named to the Big 12's 2011-12 Commissioner's Honor Rolls, while a Baylor-record 149 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 honors and a record 252 were named to Baylor's Deans List. In addition, Baylor had eight Capital One Academic All-District honorees in four sports, including four who went on to earn 2011-12 Academic All-America honors, and one NCAA Elite 89 Award winner.
Fifteen of 19 BU teams posted grade-point averages above a 3.00 for both the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. The cumulative grade-point averages for all 19 programs was a 3.14 at the end of the spring 2012 semester.
|| 2011-12 HIGHLIGHTS
• Baylor's 129 combined wins in the four major sports (FB/MBB/WBB/BASE) are an NCAA record for a single season (129-28, .827 winning percentage)
• Baylor's 80 wins in football and men's and women's basketball are NCAA record for a single season (80-11, .822 winning percentage)
• Baylor is the only school in the nation with all four major sports nationally ranked (FB 13/12, MBB 9/8, WBB 1/1, BASE 6/6)
• Baylor is one of two schools nationally (Florida) to have every sponsored sport advance to postseason (all 19 BU teams)
• 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III
• Brittney Griner won the 2011-12 Honda Cup as the nation's Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year allowed BU to become first school to win both Heisman Trophy and the Honda Cup in the same academic year
• Baylor is one of three schools nationally that boasted a bowl-winning football team and men's basketball team in the Elite Eight (Florida, Ohio State) - Baylor is the only school nationally with bowl-winning FB, Elite Eight MBB and Final Four WBB
• NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Women's Basketball, Equestrian (NCEA Hunter Seat)
• FINAL NATIONAL RANKINGS: FB (12th coaches, 13th AP), MBB (8th coaches, 9th AP), WBB (1st coaches, 1st AP), BASE (tbd, currently 2nd coaches, 4th B.A.)
• NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Robert Griffin III (FB), Brittney Griner (WBB)
• NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR: Kim Mulkey (WBB)
• Baylor was combined 40-0 in football, men's basketball and women's basketball from Nov. 1 to Jan. 16.
• BEST IN TEXAS: Baylor was a perfect 19-0 in men's and women's basketball, and 44-6 in the four major sports vs. in-state opponents (5-1 in FB; 10-0 in MBB; 9-0 in WBB; 20-5 in BASE)
• Baylor is one of two schools nationally that had both MBB & WBB reach the 2012 Elite Eight (Kentucky)
• BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Women's Basketball (regular season, postseason), Baseball, Men's Golf individual (Joakim Mikkelsen)
• BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Robert Griffin III (FB), Brittney Griner (WBB), Josh Ludy (BASE)
• BIG 12 COACHES OF THE YEAR: Kim Mulkey (WBB), Steve Smith (BASE)
• Women's basketball recorded nation's first-ever 40-win season (by men's or women's program)
• Second Elite Eight appearance in last three seasons in men's basketball (one of 6 schools)
• 10 wins in football and Alamo Bowl win over Washington
• Big 12-records 24-game overall baseball winning streak and 18-game conference winning streak
• School-record 30 wins in men's basketball
• NFL DRAFT: Five NFL Draft picks in 2012, most of any Texas school and more than every Big 12 school but Oklahoma (seven) / Two first-round picks (Four first-rounders in last two years - second only to Alabama with eight)
• First national No. 1 ranking in Baylor baseball history, third Big 12 Conference Championship
• Perfect 10-0 record vs. Texas & Oklahoma in FB-MBB-WBB
• Director of Athletics Ian McCaw named 2012 AD of the Year finalist by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal/Daily and was NACDA's Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the FBS West region
• Baylor set home average attendance records in FB (41,368), MBB (7,914), WBB (8,563), BSB (3,255) and SB (1,014).
|| ABOUT THE LEARFIELD SPORTS DIRECTORS' CUP
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's. Learfield Sports, completing its fourth year as Directors' Cup sponsors, currently manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences, associations and venues. Learfield Sports (learfieldsports.com) is an operating unit of Jefferson City, Mo.-based Learfield Communications, Inc., which made its initial foray into the world of sports marketing in 1975 as the radio rights holder for the University of Missouri, a client still today.
|| BAYLOR'S ALL-TIME DIRECTORS' CUP FINISHES