The Florida Gators placed fourth in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the 2010-11 school year. The Directors' Cup (formerly known as the Sears Directors' Cup) is given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the school with the most successful athletic teams across all NCAA sports. Stanford won this year's award for the 17th straight year in the award's 18 year history (UNC won the award its first year).
The Gators jumped over Duke in the final standings based upon Florida's second place finish in the College World Series. The Gators' second place finish in softball and third place finish in men's track and field also allowed them to move past Penn State and North Carolina from its previous seventh place position in the early spring standings.
Cal managed to stay ahead of Florida and prevent a top three finish for the Gators due to the Bears winning a game in Omaha. Florida would have had to win the baseball championship in order to jump into third.
Teams are awarded 100 points for winning a national title and other teams making bracket style championships (such as softball or basketball) are awarded points based upon number of teams in the championship bracket coupled with their performance in the tournament. Non-bracket sports (such as golf or track) are awarded points based on bracket-converted team finishes derived from individual performances. Only football's points are based on final poll rankings (the USA Today poll is used). The scoring is fairly complicated, and is less-than-clearly explained here. There are a maximum of 20 sports counted per school using the top ten men's and top ten women's sports at the school. The scoring system does not favor any particular sports, unlike the scoring system for the newer Capital One Cup.
This was Florida's third consecutive top four finish in the Directors' Cup competition. The Gators have never finished lower than seventh since the award's inception. This is the 10th consecutive year that 10 or more Gator athletic teams finished among the nation's top 10.