June 27, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department finished the 2013-14 academic year in 13th place in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings announced Friday (June 27) by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The Wolverines finished the year with 983.25 points.
Michigan was the second-highest scoring Big Ten Conference institution in the standings, trailing fifth-place Penn State. The winter sports teams carried the way for Michigan Athletics, with the Wolverines accumulating 462.25 of their 983.25 points during that period. U-M was 13th after the fall semester and moved up to fourth after the strong winter showing before finishing 13th in the final standings.
The Wolverines repeated as national champions in men's gymnastics and placed fourth at the NCAA's in men's swimming and diving and women's cross country. The women's soccer and men's basketball teams reached the Elite 8 of their respective NCAA tournaments to place fifth nationally. U-M had 18 teams compete in the postseason competition during the 2013-14 academic year, with eight of those squads finishing in the top 10 at the national level.
Michigan has placed in the top 15 of the Directors' Cup standings in 19 of the award's 21 seasons, including a runner-up finish in 2003-04 and a third-place standing in 1999-2000 and again in 2007-08. U-M has 11 top-five finishes in the Directors' Cup since the awards inception during the 1993-94 year.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's.
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