Ouch: USF finishes 116th in Director's Cup
It's not the worst USF has finished since joining the Big East in 2005, but it's a bit down from a year ago, and the number's still a big one. In the final Director's Cup standings, which ranks schools in their ability to reach the NCAA postseason across all sports, USF finished 116th nationally and 12th out of 16 Big East schools.
The ranking is down from 99th last year, but the Bulls were as low as 133rd in 2006-07. A school's points are derived solely from making the postseason in NCAA sports, so USF got its scoring from just three sports: men's soccer's trip to the Elite Eight earned 73 points, football's bowl victory was worth 45 points and men's tennis reaching the NCAA Tournament netted 25 points.
How does that compare to other programs in the state of Florida? It's behind Florida (3rd), Florida State (15th) and Miami (43rd), as well as Central Florida, which trailed USF entering the spring sports but moved ahead to finish 90th in the rankings. The rest of the state? Bethune-Cookman at 131, Jacksonville 162, Florida International 173, Florida A&M 200, Florida Atlantic 218 and Stetson 267.
As for the Big East, only four schools ranked lower than USF: Cincinnati at 129, DePaul and Marquette at 173 and Seton Hall at 270. Of those four, only Cincinnati has a football program. The league's standings: Notre Dame at 21, Louisville 32, West Virginia 50, Connecticut 52, Villanova 56, Syracuse 63, Georgetown 84, Providence 91, Rutgers 92, Pittsburgh 93, St. John's 112, then the rest.
Of the 66 schools who play football in the six BCS conferences (and Notre Dame), only two program were ranked lower than USF -- Washington State at 120 and Cincinnati at 129. Big East football programs accounted for four of the six lowest scoring schools who have BCS football programs.
USF has been ranked as high as 59th in 2001, when nine Bulls teams earned points from NCAA competition: baseball, softball, volleyball, men's tennis, women's golf, men's and women's track and men's and women's cross country.
For all the standings in recent years, visit the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics website.