Florida State Ranks as Top Athletic Program

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications

Tallahassee, FL - Proudly displayed in the Great Hall of Florida State’s Moore Athletic Center is the trophy given to the Seminoles last year in recognition of their Top 5 finish in the Learfield Director’s Cup. Perhaps FSU needs to build a bigger trophy case.

The first Director’s Cup point standings of 20010-11were released today and Florida State ranks as the top athletics program in the country. The Seminoles, buoyed by national runner-up finishes in both men’s and women’s cross country, an Elite Eight finish in women’s soccer and a berth in the NCAA volleyball championships that begin on Friday, are actually ahead of last year’s school-record pace.

Florida State placed every one of its sports into NCAA postseason championship play last year to earn a spot among the five best overall programs in the country. The fifth place finish came after three straight Top 15 finishes and FSU has finished among the nation’s Top 30 programs since 2003-04.

FSU’s football program is in position to provide more points than it did a year ago with the potential for an ACC Championship and BCS bowl appearance that will be reflected in the next update.

FSU’s Director’s Cup History

2009-10 5

2008-09 15

2007-08 15

2006-07 15

2005-06 17

2004-05 30

2003-04 22

2002-03 38

2001-02 39

2000-01 35

1999-00 46

1998-99 39

1997-98 46

1996-97 49

1995-96 24

1994-95 24

1993-94 25

Florida State has finished in the Top 15 for four st7raight years.

Florida State has never finished outside of the Top 50 overall programs.

Florida State has finished among the Top 30 for seven straight years.

Florida State has finished among the Top 25 nine times in the 17-year history of the Cup.

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