The Florida Gators advanced two spots into second place in the latest Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the 2011-12 school year released May 31. 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.
The Gators overtook both Penn State and Official SEC Whipping Boy Ohio State with a national title in women's tennis, third place finish in lacrosse, ninth place finish in men's tennis and twelfth place finish in women's golf. As usual, Stanford sits atop the standings (the Cardinal has won the award for 17 straight years) with 1.325,75 points and earned another national title - this time in women's water polo (sigh). Florida currently has 1,013.50 points, with Ohio State in third with 932,75 points.
Florida is clearly the class of the SEC across all sports as.Georgia has the second most points of SEC teams with 652.75 - good enough for 17th place. LSU sits in 20th, Kentucky is 24th, followed by Alabama and Arkansas at 26th and 27th respectively.
The next scoring release is due out June 14 and will include points earned in men's golf, women's rowing (probably another Stanford title, right?), softball and men's and women's track & field. The final scoring results will be posted in late June at the conclusion of the CWS and will include baseball results. If the Gators can hold onto second place, it will match their highest finish ever, which occurred in 2009-10 when the Gators tallied 1310.25 points. So Florida has already racked up its highest point total in the contest's history with five sports yet to score.
Maybe we'll catch Stanford someday. I figure all we need is a Division I water polo program. Mr. Foley?!?!