TULSA RANKED 58th IN 2011-12 DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS
June 28, 2012
Cleveland, Ohio - The University of Tulsa completed the 2011-12 academic year ranked 58th in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings with 377.5 total points, it was announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Tulsa's 58th ranking is the second-best in school history. The Hurricane had a school-best 52nd overall ranking last year with 397.0 points. Tulsa has had five of its' top six Directors' Cup rankings in school history over the last five years. Tulsa was ranked in 61st place in the 2008-09 season, 64th place during the 2007-08 season and 77th in 2009-10.
This year, Tulsa is second to No. 56 UCF among Conference USA schools in the Cup standings. SMU is third among C-USA school's in 100th place, and is followed by Memphis (120th), Houston (121st), UAB (122nd), Southern Miss (124th) and East Carolina (130th). Stanford led the nation for the 18th straight year in the Cup standings with 1448.25 points.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the NACDA and USA Today in 1993-94. It is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in men's and women's sports. Points are awarded based on each institution's national finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's.
"This achievement demonstrates the outstanding commitment of our student-athletes and coaches," said Tulsa's Director of Athletics Ross Parmley. "The tremendous university support that athletics receives is evident through the growth in every facet of our athletic program -- facilities, academic success and athletic performance."
This year Tulsa teams advanced to national tournament competition in the sports of cross country, men's golf, women's golf, softball, men's tennis, women's tennis, volleyball as well as a football bowl game and individual performances in track & field.
Golden Hurricane teams won seven Conference USA Championships this past season, including men's cross country, women's golf, volleyball, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's indoor track. Tulsa now has a league-best 40 C-USA titles in seven years since joining the league.