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Texas finishes 4th in Director’s Cup standings, Longhorns’ best in 14 years

Longhorns post back-to-back top-five finishes for the first time since 2005-06 athletic years

Posted June 28th, 2019

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Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte believes every sport at UT should be among the top 10 in the nation and competing for championships.

For the first time in more than a decade, it appears the Longhorns are headed in that direction.

Texas finished fourth in the final Director’s Cup standings for the 2018-19 academic year. It was the department’s best finish in 14 years.

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Last year, Texas finished fifth overall in the rankings that award points for based on that team’s postseason finish in a maximum of 19 sports. Thus, this is the first time UT has posted back-to-back top-five finishes since the 2004-05 and 2005-06 athletic years, widely considered the zenith of modern day UT athletic history.

Texas finished second overall in the athletic years ending in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

Stanford won the Director’s Cup championship for the 25th straight year with 1,567.75 points. The Cardinal typically finishes at the top by dominating smaller sports. Schools can earn points in lacrosse and beach volleyball, for example. UT does not offer those sports.

Michigan and Florida were second and third, respectively, in the final Director’s Cup standings. USC was fifth behind UT. The Longhorns finished with 1,148.50 points. Texas A&M was 15th overall. Oklahoma State was the next Big 12 school ranked 28th overall.

The Longhorns captured the school’s 55th national title this season when the men’s tennis program rallied to win it all. Men’s golf, men’s swimming and diving and rowing also finished as national runners-up in their NCAA postseason championships.

Women’s swimming and diving and volleyball finished fifth overall, and women’s golf tied for fifth nationally. The football team finished ninth in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and softball also finished in the top 10.

From a Big 12 perspective, Texas dominated the landscape. The Longhorns grabbed a league-high nine league titles. The department now has a Big 12-high 184 league regular-season and postseason championships.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

2018-19 Director's Cup standings

Here's a look at the top 10 finishers in the annual Director's Cup standings, along with information on where Texas A&M finished and the rest of the Big 12.
RankSchoolTotal Points
1Stanford1,567.75
2Michigan1,272.25
3Florida1,156.75
4Texas1,148.50
5USC1,075.75
6UCLA1,056.50
7Florida State1,046.25
8Virginia1,037.50
9Duke1,001.00
10North Carolina987
15Texas A&M933.75
28Oklahoma State760.5
33Oklahoma703.75
34Texas Tech668.58
39Baylor622.5
42TCU557
53Iowa State474
61West Virginia398.5
63Kansas380
T-94.Kansas State191.5

Texas’ all-time finishes in the Director’s Cup

Year

Finish

2018-194th
2017-185th
2016-177th
2015-169th
2014-159th
2013-146th
2012-1313th
2011-126th
2010-1112th
2009-1015th
2008-096th
2007-085th
2006-078th
2005-063rd
2004-052nd
2003-0410th
2002-032nd
2001-022nd
2000-0119th
1999-20009th
1998-9911th
1997-98T-15th
1996-977th
1995-964th
1994-9510th
1993-947th

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