Cleveland, OH -- For the second straight year the Florida State athletic program has finished in the top 10 of the final Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Seminoles finished No. 5 in 2009-10 and this year after being the only Division I school in the nation to send all of its sports to NCAA postseason play, Florida State finished ninth in the final standings.
This is the sixth consecutive time that the Florida State athletic department has placed in the top 15 of the standings. Prior to 2006-07 the Seminoles hadn't finished higher than 22nd dating back to the 1998-99 academic school year. Florida State was boosted into the top 10 not only due to all its athletic programs participating in NCAA postseason play but also due to a Sweet 16 run by the men's basketball team, a Super Regional appearance by the baseball team, runner-up national championship finishes by men's track and field, men's cross country and women's cross country and a national quarterfinal run by the women's soccer team.
"Finishing in the top 10 of the Director's Cup standings is a complete effort by this entire department, our coaches and especially our student-athletes," said Florida State Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. "To finish in the top 10 for a second straight year and inside the top 15 every year I have been at Florida State is a testament to the hard work put in by all our athletic department employees. We are very proud to be amongst this select group of athletic programs."
Florida State was one of four ACC schools to finish in the top 10. The ACC was the only conference to place more than two schools inside the top 10 and only two other conferences had multiple member institutions inside the top 10 placing two schools in a piece. Duke (5th), North Carolina (6th) and Virginia (7th) joined Florida State in the top 10 of the standings, which rank 279 institution's athletic departments.
Florida State finished the 2010-11 academic year with three national runner-up team finishes, four ACC Championships, three ACCC Coach of the Year honors, more than 60 All-America honors, three CoSIDA first team Academic All-Americans, four ACC Scholar Athletes of the Year and 69 All-ACC Academic team selections.
"To see the number of athletes that have had this success in the classroom makes the top 10 finish based on athletics even more meaningful to our department," said Spetman. "To have four ACC Scholar Athletes of the Year, three CoSIDA first team Academic All-Americans, a James Tatum Award winner in Christian Ponder, a first team academic All-American like Kim Williams and nearly 70 student-athletes be recognized on All-ACC Academic teams is a true highlight for this past academic year."
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (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.