Bulls post record showing in Learfield Cup standings
USF's 2015-16 sports season formally finished two Fridays ago, but a lingering final accolade is forthcoming.
The Bulls will finish with the school's highest point total ever (350) in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, the school confirmed Tuesday.
USF's exact finish among Division I schools won't be official until the College World Series concludes, but it's currently 65th, which ranks second among American Athletic Conference programs behind only Connecticut (58th).
"Unbelievable performance," athletic director Mark Harlan told an audience of boosters Tuesday evening at Ulele Restaurant in Tampa. "I can single out a bunch of unbelievable performances across the board, and we were really young this year. So look out ahead."
The Learfield Cup awards points to schools for postseason appearances in a predetermined number of men's and women's sports. More points are granted for those advancing farther in the postseason.
USF, for example, earned 50 points in men's tennis, which reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament; and 50 in women's basketball, which also reached the NCAA tourney's second round. The football team earned 25 for reaching a bowl game.
Harlan also indicated USF student-athletes recently notched a collective GPA above 3.0 for the third consecutive semester, and teamed with coaches to total more than 4,000 community service hours in the past academic year.
"Fifty different organizations served by Bulls student-athletes, coaches and staff," Harlan said.