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Michigan looking for top five finish in race for Directors' Cup

Michigan’s national championship in Men’s Gymnastics led a group of fine Wolverine squads in their quest for another high finish in the race for the Directors’ Cup.

Awarded since the 1993-94 season,  the NACDA Directors’ Cup honors the top colleges and universities for excellence in all sports, not just the revenue producers. Trophies are awarded in Div I, Div. II, and Div III)  to  teams that have excelled in 10 men’s and 10 women’s sports.   For instance Florida State accumulated the maximum 100 points for winning the Division I Football championship, while Penn State earned 100 points each for winning the Fencing and Men’s Wrestling national titles.

Several solid finishes

In addition to Men’s Gymnastics, Michigan had fourth-place finishes  in Men’s Swimming and Women’s Cross Country. The Wolverines completed the academic year fifth in Basketball, and fifth in Women’s Soccer.

Michigan has finished in the top 10 of the Directors’ Cup standings in 16 of the award’s 20 seasons, including a second place finish in 2003-04 and third-place rankings  in 1999-2000 and  2007-08 (see chart below).

With just a handful of events still to complete their seasons, Michigan currently stands fifth, well behind perennial winner Stanford. and now slightly behind Notre Dame, which was defeated by Duke in the NCAA Lacrosse national championship game on Memorial Day (May 26).

The final standings will be released July 26 or 27 when Baseball completes its College World Series.

Year Final Ranking
1993-94 9th
1994-95 7th
1995-96 5th
1996-97 11th (tie)
1997-98 5th
1998-99 6th
1999-00 3rd
2000-01 4th
2001-02 6th
2002-03 4th
2003-04 2nd
2004-05 4th
2005-06 24th
2006-07 4th
2007-08 3rd
2008-09 5th
2009-10 25th
2010-11 15th
2011-12 10th
2012-13 4th

Yearly standings provided by  ♦

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Written by GBMWolverine Staff – Joel Greer


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