July 1, 2010
Waco, Texas -
With one Final Four team, three NCAA Elite Eight squads and a Sweet 16 participant among its school-record tying 14 2009-10 postseason teams, Baylor recorded its second-highest finish ever in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings with a 31st-place standing in the final rankings released today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). It marked the second consecutive year Baylor had 14 postseason entrants, as it totaled 633.00 points to register its highest finish in the national all-sports sweepstakes since 2004-05 and place fifth among Big 12 institutions.
"This has been a very special year and our coaches, staff, student-athletes and Baylor Nation are to be commended," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw, who has provided leadership for the five highest Directors' Cup finishes in school history. "Baylor Athletics is experiencing unprecedented success and tremendous momentum, and we look forward to building upon this year's accomplishments."
"President Starr has issued a call for Baylor Nation to "fill the stands" at Floyd Casey Stadium next fall to ensure that our athletics program is positioned to continue its upward trajectory. I look forward to the Waco community and Baylor family meeting that challenge and creating a home field advantage for the Bears that carries the team to a bowl game."
Over the last six years, Baylor has recorded six of its eight highest finishes in the Directors' Cup's 17-year history. Baylor placed a program-best 25th in the 2004-05 standings, was 31st in 2009-10, 32nd in 2005-06, 33rd in 2008-09, 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.
Baylor placed fifth among all Big 12 institutions in the 2000-10 all-sports rankings, behind No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 12 Oklahoma, No. 15 Texas and No. 17 Nebraska. BU placed ahead of Big 12 institutions Oklahoma State (No. 33), Iowa State (No. 34), Texas Tech (No. 44), Missouri (No. 49), Colorado (No. 69), Kansas (No. 73) and Kansas State (No. 123). Stanford won the Directors' Cup for the 16th consecutive year, followed by Florida, Virginia, UCLA and Florida State.
Of Baylor's 633, 2009-10 Directors' Cup points, 350 came from the recently completed spring sports season which saw seven of its eight teams reach the postseason. All-told, Baylor produced a school-record 14 postseason entrants for the second straight year in 2009-10, three Big 12 Conference championships (one regular season, two tournament crowns), 28 All-Americans, a school-record seven ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and three NCAA Elite 88 Award winners.
Baylor's 2009-10 Big 12 championship teams included women's tennis (swept both regular-season and tournament titles) and women's equestrian (first-ever league title). Over the last seven years (2003-04 through 2009-10), Baylor has won a combined 28 Big 12 regular-season and tournament championships in six different sports, which ranks third behind Texas (53) and Texas A&M (30) in that period, and just ahead of Oklahoma (26) and Nebraska (25).
A school-record tying 14 Baylor teams earned postseason invites this past year--women's basketball (NCAA Final Four; seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance and ninth in 10 years), men's basketball (Elite Eight; program-record third consecutive postseason bid, deepest NCAA Tournament run since 1949-50 squad reached Final Four), men's tennis (13th consecutive NCAA bid; seventh consecutive Elite Eight appearance), women's tennis (in sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, reached Elite Eight for third consecutive year), volleyball (first-ever Sweet 16 appearance; first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001), baseball (11th NCAA Tournament appearance in last 15 seasons), men's golf (13th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance; fifth NCAA Championships appearance all-time and first since 2002), women's golf (10th NCAA Regional appearance in last 11 years), women's cross country (placed 28th in seventh straight NCAA Championship appearance), women's outdoor track and field (T-20th at NCAA Championships), men's indoor track and field (T-26th at NCAA Championships), men's outdoor track and field (T-45th at NCAA Championships), women's indoor track and field and field, and equestrian.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the 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 second year in sponsorship of the Directors' Cup, 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