Georgia finishes 20th in Directors’ Cup standings, worst since 1997

Georgia finished 20th in the Directors’ Cup national all-sports standings released this morning — two spots lower than a year ago and the Bulldogs’ worst finish since 1997.

The standings rank college athletics programs based on a points system tied to success at the national level in up to 20 sports, 10 men’s and 10 women’s.

Before finishing 18th last year, Georgia had been in the top 15 of the Directors’ Cup standings for 11 consecutive years, including top-10 finishes in eight of the 11 years. This year’s showing is Georgia’s poorest since finishing 28th in 1997.

Georgia athletics director Damon Evans acknowledged the disappointing performance in the national standings, telling the UGA Athletic Board in late May:  “We are not where we want to be nationally. I think our program should be much higher than it is. This is probably one of the toughest years from a competitive standpoint that we’ve faced in quite some time.”

Georgia ranked 25th in this year’s standings after fall and winter sports were completed, but made a bit of a jump when spring sports were factored in,  thanks mostly to reaching the NCAA Final Four in softball and men’s tennis.

Georgia fared better in the SEC all-sports rankings, which are based on finishes within the conference. But while UGA finished behind only Florida in the SEC all-sports standings, two other SEC programs (Tennessee and LSU) also ranked ahead of the Bulldogs in the national standings.

Stanford is No. 1 in the Directors’ Cup standings for the 16th consecutive year, followed by No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Virginia.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is  a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Here are the top 50 in the Division I standings (with points totals):

1. Stanford 1508.50

2. Florida 1310.25

3. Virginia 1253.25

4. UCLA 1124.00

5. Florida State 1087.50

6. Texas A&M 1070.75

7. North Carolina 1029.30

8. Ohio State 1015.50

9. California 1013.50

10. Duke 982.75

11. Penn State 971.30

12. Oklahoma 921.25

13. Southern California 906.50

14. Oregon 878.50

15. Texas 858.25

16. Tennessee 856.50

17. Nebraska 830.75

18. Minnesota 824.25

19. LSU 824.00

20. Georgia 822.80

21. Wisconsin 811.00

22. Arizona State 792.25

23. Alabama 780.00

24. Washington 770.75

25. Michigan 768.50

26. Auburn 726.30

27. Notre Dame 711.00

28. Maryland 710.30

29. Kentucky 703.25

30. Arizona 683.05

31. Baylor 633.00

32. Princeton 619.00

33. Oklahoma State 618.75

34. Iowa State 618.50

35. Illinois 614.80

36. Brigham Young 612.30

37. West Virginia 610.75

38. Virginia Tech 600.00

39. Michigan State 593.30

40. TCU 576.00

41. Louisville 561.50

41. South Carolina 561.50

43. Indiana 560.25

44. Texas Tech 551.25

45. Georgia Tech 548.25

46. Arkansas 539.75

47. New Mexico 522.00

48. Clemson 458.50

49. Missouri 454.00

50. Northwestern 423.50

42 comments Add your comment


July 1st, 2010
9:09 am

Alabama is 23

jesse james

July 1st, 2010
9:16 am

All this crap about how bad UGA is and there are alot of teams that would love to be 20.


July 1st, 2010
9:16 am

Still chasing Florida . . .


July 1st, 2010
9:20 am

Well Kaput, Florida is still chasing Stanford.


July 1st, 2010
9:21 am

We all know football and men’s hoops are the only sports that matter. Who really cares if the men’s 4×100 meter team won a national championship.

Sambo McPoot

July 1st, 2010
9:27 am

Va. #3 …how?


July 1st, 2010
9:37 am

Looks like Texas A&M and Oklahoma, finishing #6 and #12 respectively, would be excellent additions to the SEC. Low and behold, they both finished ahead of the mighty Texas program that’s calling all the shots in the Big 12!


July 1st, 2010
9:38 am

Stanford is also no#1 as the worst ‘mascot’ ( a tree)


July 1st, 2010
9:42 am

And that proves how worthless this thing is, dawgtime.

Bruce Mac

July 1st, 2010
9:47 am

Only 25 spots above Yech, bad year for sure.


July 1st, 2010
10:00 am

@kaput: They better get used to it. Somehow after 20 years it still hasn’t set in.

weighted on $$$

July 1st, 2010
10:01 am

since $$$ rules the NCAA – they should weight this on revenue

football = 98%
Basketball = 1.5%
All other = .5%


July 1st, 2010
10:01 am

It’s kind of suprising to see Tech only at #45. only three schools made the post season in the three main sports(obviously Fball, Bball, and Baseball), and Tech was one of them. I wonder how they do these things….because a Womans final four appearance surely doesn’t constitute such a high ranking. Stanford is rarely good at the three main sports.


July 1st, 2010
10:05 am

And Evans got a raise?


July 1st, 2010
10:05 am


July 1st, 2010
10:11 am

A true fan as well as any graduate of UGA would want the school to excel and be considered a leader on a national level. It reflects well on the graduates and the state as a whole.


July 1st, 2010
10:17 am


I know. Remember when Martinez was getting raises?

There has been a downward slide in athletics under Damon Evans, our Athletic Director. The Director’s Cup is the prime indicator of this slide.

Maybe it’s time to look for a new AD. There are at least 20 who are doing a better job than he.


July 1st, 2010
10:20 am

Louisville is 41, Arkansas is 46, Uga is 20. So, Richt, and Louisville’s current coach are better coach than Petrino. Soowee!


July 1st, 2010
10:20 am

The director’s cup scoring is based off a school’s top-10 sports for each gender (out of 28 possible sports)… Tech only offers 8 men’s sports and 7 women’s sports. If the scoring was based off of the top-7 (or less) sports, it’s safe to assume Tech will be higher in the rankings….

Bryan G.

July 1st, 2010
10:34 am

A – That’s actually a good point. It should also be noted that Stanford has more than 20 sports teams and thus, they get to “drop” their worst teams when the rankings are made. It’s definitely not a scientific poll.


July 1st, 2010
10:38 am

Georgia Tech doesn’t compete in as many sports as most schools. I think that is why they are lower Wiley

Reptiles Rule

July 1st, 2010
10:41 am

Why is Stanford so hard to beat?? They must have a hell of a program. When I think of Football, mens Basketball, Baseball…where are they?? Florida Football ended up #3 in the Nation, UF was both in the Womens Softball and Mens Baseball World Series, National Track Champs, Swimming National Champs for Womens, very higly rated in Womens Volleyball and Gymnastics as well as Tennis on the Womens side and we STILL couldn’t beat them!.


July 1st, 2010
10:41 am

Thanks A for the clarification. That makes sense. Stanford and UVA are good at obscure sports like lacrosse and others.


July 1st, 2010
10:45 am

These rankings are horse crap and not something that should even given credit. I personally do not care if UGA ever has a lacrosse, rowing, fencing, bowling, men’s volleyball or water polo team.

I would rather us be good at the sports that matter most for revenue (football and basketball) and do well in the sports that are popular in the south. Reality is our women’s tennis/golf was down this year, our track and field/cross country has really never been strong as a whole. Men’s baseball needs to step it up, and we should be able to compete at women’s soccer. Only because of a yankee transplant did we dominate gymnastics and hopefully Jay will get us back there. Our Equestrian team is also but it doesn’t appear they score that. Really? No to horses but yes to fencing?


July 1st, 2010
10:50 am

BTW…20th out of 278 programs is top 10%.


July 1st, 2010
11:01 am

Your right CASEY, GT doesnt compete in as many sports. They also suck in all the ones they do


July 1st, 2010
11:10 am

Breaking news….GA athletic director Damon Evans was arrested in Athens last night for DUI. Story to follow…


July 1st, 2010
11:21 am

It’s a good thing when 20th in the directors cup is the worse ranking in over ten years.


July 1st, 2010
11:22 am

Heard the same thing about an hour ago. No kidding


July 1st, 2010
11:32 am

And Skipper, who is your favorite team?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

July 1st, 2010
11:35 am

Looks like Damon went out drinking to celebrate another top 20 finish


July 1st, 2010
11:37 am

Will Evans get kicked off the team?


July 1st, 2010
11:39 am

LOL..somebody please find the video of Damon from UGA games on the scoreboard saying don’t drink and drive.


July 1st, 2010
11:43 am

Jeez, how can Evans ever insist on punishment for drinking athletes anymore?


July 1st, 2010
11:47 am

New message must change to….don’t drink and get caught.


July 1st, 2010
11:49 am

I hope this doesn’t drive Damon Evans to drink and cause him to be penalized by not getting to direct the first 2 games of each sport in 2010 at UGA!

jesse james

July 1st, 2010
11:51 am

Is is true that Former Jasper Sanks blown call official Ed Ford is now an officer in Atlanta? I heard he made the arrests. So don’t believe a thing he says.

jesse james

July 1st, 2010
11:55 am

If this is true, do the right thing and bring back Coach Dooley. Adams made a mistake letting him go in the first place. Boy, Adams’ record looks good. He hires Jim the Crook Harrick and now Damon Otis Evans.

Sweat Socks

July 1st, 2010
11:55 am


Based on your comment about only revenue producing sports matter, I wonder if you care about The University if Georgia or just the football and basketball teams? Because if you are actually a ‘real Dawg,’ you’d care about everything associated with the University of Georgia.


July 1st, 2010
11:57 am

AD Evans can’t manage UGA sports. Never could never will. Obviously he’s a bad influence on athletes and now with his DIU he should resign or be fired.

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