Wake Forest Earns Highest Finish Ever In Director's Cup

June 29, 2007

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Stanford captured its 13th consecutive U.S. Sports Academy Director's Cup and Wake Forest earned its highest finish ever with 23rd place in the standings.

The Directors' Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA Today to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country. The 2006-07 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup winners were announced at NACDA's 42nd Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, and the four winning institutions -- one in each of the NCAA divisions (I, II, and III), and the NAIA - were awarded with their U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cups.

Stanford captured the women's cross country national title, finished runner-up in women's soccer and women's volleyball and were fourth in men's cross country. During the winter NCAA Championships, the Cardinal recorded seven top-10 finishes. In the spring, Stanford captured the men's golf title, were runners-up in women's water polo, third in women's tennis, fifth in women's golf and 10th in both men's and women's outdoor track and field. Stanford scored in 21 total sports, but only 19 sports counted towards the final total.

UCLA finished second, followed by North Carolina, Michigan and Southern California.

The 2006-07 year was arguably the finest in Wake Forest history. The football team captured its first ACC Championship since 1970 and played in the FedEx Orange Bowl. The women's cross country team was runner-up in the NCAA Tournament. Men's soccer advanced to the NCAA national semifinals. Women's soccer and women's cross country also participated in NCAA postseason action in the fall.

In the spring, men's and women's golf both advanced to the NCAA Championships. Men's tennis qualified for the NCAA final 16 for the first time in school history. Women's tennis, baseball and women's track and field also earned points in NCAA postseason action.

Wake Forest's previous highest finish in the cup standings was 32nd in 2002-03.

The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is the program's sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's Web site at www.nacda.com.

Final Cup Standings
1  Stanford  1429.00
2  UCLA  1232.00
3  North Carolina  1161.33
4  Michigan  1135.25
5  Southern California 1103.50
6  Florida  1064.25
7  Tennessee  1045.75
8  Texas  1037.25
9  California  1030.00
10  Arizona State  1005.00
11  Duke  988.25
12  Georgia  971.00
13  Virginia  945.00
14  Ohio State  927.50
15  Florida State  924.25
16  Wisconsin  913.25
17  Louisiana State  888.00
18  Texas A&M  881.00
19  Auburn  866.25
20  Minnesota  862.75
21  Penn State  848.83
22 Notre Dame 789.50
23 WAKE FOREST 708.50
24 Arizona 703.33
25 Oklahoma 702.75

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