Monday, July 04, 2005

The best athletic departments in the country

So Michigan finished 4th in the Director's Cup this year, which is the all sports award that Stanford wins every year. I was wondering how various programs stacked up since the 1993/94 season (which is all the data offered on the NACDA website) so I looked at some of the big name schools that seemed to do well recently. I think I covered the best programs, though LSU, Cal, and Washington could've been included towards the bottom of the list.

Anyways, here's how they stack up by average rank since 1993/94, with each season's rank included as well.

Stanford - 1.08: 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
UCLA - 3.42: 3, 3, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2, 2, 5, 6, 3, 3
Florida - 4.92: 4, 5, 3, 5, 2, 4, 7, 7, 3, 7, 6, 6
Michigan - 5.50: 9, 7, 5, 11(t), 5, 6, 3, 4, 6, 4, 2, 4
UNC - 6.50: 1, 2, 6, 2, 2(t), 17(t), 5, 15, 4, 8, 7, 9
Texas - 8.17: 7, 10, 4, 7, 15(t), 11, 9, 19, 2, 2, 10, 2
Arizona - 8.83: 6, 4, 7, 6, 6, 9, 8, 5, 9, 16, 12, 18
Georgia - 11.09: 21, 14, 11, 28, 7, 2, 12, 3, 8, 15, 5, 7
USC - 11.17: 8, 6, 10, 8(t), 10(t), 9(t), 16, 8, 15(t), 13(t), 21, 10
PSU - 11.33: 5, 8, 9, 20, 15(t), 3, 4, 10, 24, 5, 13, 20
ASU - 12.58: 10, 12, 21, 13, 12, 12(t), 11, 9, 15(t), 10, 17, 11
Ohio State - 12.92: 23, 16, 17, 8(t), 23, 15, 14, 6, 14, 3, 4, 12
Tennessee - 16.17: 13, 11, 13, 17, 19(t), 17(t), 20, 21, 12, 27, 14, 8
Notre Dame - 18.00: 11, 30, 12, 14, 31(t), 25(t), 21, 11, 13, 13(t), 19, 16
Duke - 21.50: 26, 21, 39, 23, 28, 7, 24, 16, 30, 21, 18, 5

It should be noted that of these 15 powerhouse athletic departments, only 6 have failed to win a national title in men's basketball or football over those 12 years (Stanford, Texas, Georgia, Penn State, Arizona State, and Notre Dame) and 2 of those had football teams finish #2 in both polls (Notre Dame 1993, Penn State 1994).

2 Comments:

Blogger Packer487 said...

What's truly impressive is how high Michigan continually finishes while having a relatively low number of varsity sports. Men's and women's bball, and men's golf are the only three sports dragging us down right now. They do a great job over there, especially for a Northern school.
-Tim

Wed Jul 06, 01:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Hugo Ceniceros said...

+1!

Sun Dec 11, 02:33:00 PM  

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