August 20, 2022

AUSTIN, TX – With four national championships and 10 top-two NCAA finishes, the University of Texas won the LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup for the second year in a row. Even with the baseball season unfinished and Texas and Stanford among the eight teams participating in the College World Series, the Longhorns earned enough points to win the Directors’ Cup for the 2021-22 season, the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced Thursday. UT broke Stanford’s 25-year stronghold on the Directors’ Cup last year and now joins the Cardinal as the only program in the country to win it back-to-back.

The LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. A revised scoring system has been implemented for the 2017–18 season. Points are awarded based on each institution’s result at the NCAA Championships. Division I schools can score points in up to 19 sports, four of which must be baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s volleyball.

Last year, Texas won the Directors Cup for the first time in program history with 1,252 points. The win ended an impressive Stanford run that began in 1994-95 and continued into 2018-19 (no cups were awarded in 2019-20 due to COVID-19). North Carolina won the first Cup in 1993-94. The Longhorns have finished second in the standings three times during the Cardinal’s 25-year career, winning honors in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2004-05.

In the current 2021-22 season, the Longhorns amassed 1,376.50 runs before baseball’s final run total was added. Stanford is in second place with 1,279.25 points, while Michigan is third with 1,195.25 points. Texas will score in all four required sports — women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball — and up to 15 additional sports.

Texas recorded four NCAA championships in the 2021-22 college year, tying the school record for most team titles in a single season set in 1985-86. The Longhorns have recorded NCAA team titles in men’s indoor track and field, women’s tennis, rowing and men’s golf. The titles were back-to-back NCAA championships for women’s tennis and rowing, the fourth national crown for men’s golf, and the first-ever Texas national championship in men’s track and field.

UT also set a single-season school record with six NCAA team finals in women’s indoor track and field, women’s swimming and diving, men’s swimming and diving, softball, men’s outdoor track and field, and women’s outdoor track and field. Of the school’s 19 intercollegiate programs that finished competitively, the Longhorns posted 10 of the NCAA’s top two teams, surpassing UT’s previous mark of five in the 1988-89 season. Additionally, UT’s men’s track and field/cross country program was named the USTFCCCA John McDonnell Men’s Program of the Year for its overall results over the three seasons.

Texas has produced 12 top-five and 14 top-10 teams at the NCAA championships in the past college year. The top 10 teams include baseball, which qualified for all eight College World Series teams. It’s also worth noting that with baseball and softball both advancing to the College World Series, Texas is one of only two schools to qualify for the final eight teams in the NCAA Championship Tournament in those sports. This is the most NCAA top-five finishes by the Longhorns since Texas added rowing as a varsity sport in the 1997-98 season (the previous was nine in 2020- 21). It also marks the most top-10 NCAA team rankings by the Longhorns, eclipsing the previous record of 13 achieved in 2020-21 and 2002-03.

The Longhorns posted the NCAA’s 10 best performances in volleyball (tied for fifth), women’s basketball (tied for fifth), baseball (now guaranteed to finish at least tied for seventh) and tennis male (tied for ninth place). UT also added the NCAA’s top 25 in women’s golf (13th), men’s cross country (14th) and men’s basketball (tied 17th) and received points from women’s cross country (tied 32) and women’s football (tied 33rd).

Texas recorded their fourth consecutive Director’s Cup top five after finishing fifth in 2017-18 and fourth in 2018-19. There was no scholarship in 2019-2020 due to COVID-19. UT was also the top-ranked institution in the Big 12 Conference in the Directors’ Cup rankings for the eighth consecutive year and was the top-ranked school in its respective league (Big 12 or Southwest Conference) 21 times in 29- the history of the Directors’ Cup.

Texas has now recorded a top 10 a total of 22 times in the 29-year history of the Directors Cup: 1st (2020-21 and 2021-22), 2nd (2001-02, 2002-03 and 2004-05) , 3rd (2005-06), 4th (1995-96 and 2018-19), 5th (2007-08 and 2017-18), 6th (2008-09, 2011-12 and 2013-14), 7th (1993-94 , 1996-97 and 2016-17), 8th (2006-07), 9th (1999-2000, 2014-15 and 2015-16) and 10th (1994-95 and 2003-04).

2021 LEARFIELD Division I Directors’ Cup Rankings – June 22 to June 16 (Top 5 Schools – Does NOT include Baseball)









Rank

School

Total points

1.

TEXAS

1,376.50

2.

Stanford

1,279.25

3.

Michigan

1,195.25

4.

ohio state

1,184.50

5.

Florida

1,130.75

Texas in Division I LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup Final Standings

































Year

Finish

2021-22

1st

2020-21

1st

2019-20

n/a (no ranking due to COVID-19)

2018-19

4e

2017-18

5e

2016-17

sevene

2015-16

9e

2014-15

9e

2013-14

6e

2012-13

13e

2011-12

6e

2010-11

12e

2009-10

15e

2008-09

6e

2007-08

5e

2006-07

8e

2005-06

3rd

2004-05

2n/a

2003-04

tene

2002-03

2n/a

2001-02

2n/a

2000-01

19e

1999-2000

9e

1998-99

11e

1997-98

Tie 15e

1996-97

sevene

1995-96

4e

1994-95

tene

1993-94

sevene