June 27, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The University of Michigan athletic department finished fourth in the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, totaling 1,138.25 points for its highest finish since a third-place showing during the 2007-08 year. It is U-M's 11th top-five finish in the Directors' Cup since its inception during the 1993-94 year.
It was a banner year for Michigan athletics, with the men's swimming and diving and men's gymnastics teams each capturing national titles. The men's basketball team appeared in the national title game and the volleyball team made its first national semifinal appearance in program history. The softball team made its 10th Women's College World Series appearance and both the women's tennis and women's soccer teams advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In total, Michigan had 20 teams participate in postseason action during the 2012-13 year.
The Wolverines had scores from field hockey and women's track and field omitted in the final spring standings. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's. U-M was in first place following the conclusion of the winter season before strong spring season performances from Stanford (No. 1), Florida (No. 2) and UCLA (No. 3) resulted in Michigan's fourth-place finish.
Michigan has placed in the top 15 of the Directors' Cup standings in 18 of the award's 20 seasons, including a runner-up finish in 2003-04 and a third-place standing in 1999-2000 and again in 2007-08. It is the highest finish for U-M under Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Dave Brandon.
Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423