UNC Ranks 5th In 2017 Directors' Cup

CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina finished fifth in the final 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup standings, the Tar Heels' 11th top-five and 20th top-10 finish in the 24-year history of the award. It marks the 18th time UNC is the highest-ranked Atlantic Coast Conference program in the year-end standings.

The Learfield Directors' Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men's and 10 women's programs per school.

UNC compiled 1,154 points this year, led by men's basketball, which earned 100 points as NCAA champion, and field hockey and men's tennis, which both finished second in the nation and earned 90 points.

The 1,154 points are UNC's fourth highest total (behind 2009, 2007 and 2011) in the current point system which began 15 years ago.

Four other UNC teams finished in the top five in the NCAA – men's and women's soccer both tied for third and women's lacrosse and women's tennis both tied for fifth place. Women's golf, men's lacrosse and volleyball placed ninth to give the Tar Heels 10 teams in the top 10. Four other teams – women's swimming and diving, baseball, softball and men's golf – had top-20 performances.

Twenty-five of Carolina's 28 sports advanced to NCAA Championship competition.

Stanford won the Directors Cup for the 23rd consecutive year with 1,563 points (UNC, which won in 1993-94, is the only other school to win the Division I title).  Ohio State was second, and Florida, Southern California and North Carolina rounded out the top five. Michigan, Texas, Penn State, Oregon and Kentucky finished six through 10.

The Tar Heels finished first in the ACC for the third consecutive year and the 18th time overall – no other school has led the ACC more than three times.

This is UNC's third straight top-10 finish, eighth top-10 performance in the last nine years and 20th all-time. The rest of the ACC has a combined 18 top-10 finishes all-time. UNC is fourth all-time with 20 top-10s behind only Stanford (24), Florida (24) and UCLA (22).

UNC has 11 top-five finishes; the rest of the ACC has a combined seven top-five finishes all-time.

Florida State was the next-highest ACC finisher in 13th place, 232.25 points behind the Tar Heels. Virginia (19th) was the other ACC school to finish in the top 20 this year.

2016-17 National Top 10

1. Stanford                              1563

2. Ohio State                     1343.75

3. Florida                             1252.5

4. Southern California       1251.25

5. North Carolina                    1154

6. Michigan                        1133.25

7. Texas                             1067.75

8. Penn State                     1046.75

9. Oregon                                1027

10. Kentucky                           1025

2016-17 ACC Standings

1. North Carolina (5th)            1154

2. Florida State (13th)          921.75

3. Virginia (19th)                       862

4. Notre Dame (23rd)                801

5. Louisville (26th)                  767.5

6. NC State (29th)                   710.5

7. Duke (32nd)                        679.5

8. Virginia Tech (40th)            549.5

9. Syracuse (44th)                 519.25

10. Clemson (52nd)                471.5

11. Wake Forest (55th)             443

12. Miami (56th)                       441

13. Boston College (72nd)         303

14. Pitt (92nd)                            216

15. Georgia Tech (102nd)          198


University of North Carolina

NACDA Directors Cup Finishes

2017                       5th

2016                      7th

2015                      5th

2014                    14th

2013                      8th

2012                      8¬≠th

2011                      6th

2010                      7th

2009                     2nd

2008                    14th

2007                      3rd

2006                      4th

2005                      9th

2004                      7th

2003                      8th

2002                      4th

2001                    15th

2000                      5th

1999                    17th

1998                     2nd

1997                     2nd

1996                      6th

1995                     2nd

1994                       1st

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