July 1, 2013
Directors' Cup Final Standings | Standings by Conference
Vanderbilt has concluded the 2012-13 school year in 46th-place in the annual Learfield Sports Directors' Cup national standings, which considers the NCAA tournament finishes to determine an all-sports champion. It marks the school's third-best finish since records began in 1994.
The Commodores earned 490 points over the year and were 10th in the powerful Southeastern Conference. Florida led the SEC and was second nationally to perennial champion Stanford.
Vanderbilt's point total, awarded sport-by-sport according to the finishes at NCAA championship events, was its best since the 2006-07 year when it was 33rd overall with 552.5 points. Its all-time best finish came in 2003-04 when it was 28th place with 585 points.
In total, 291 Division I athletic programs scored points, which put Vanderbilt among the top 15% in the nation.
As has been the case in recent years, Vanderbilt had a strong spring with both golf and tennis programs and baseball earning points. For the year, 10 Commodore teams qualified for postseason play among the sports Vanderbilt sponsors. Bowling, men's tennis and baseball finished the year in the top 10.
That brings up a point of perspective. The NCAA counts 20 sports towards the Directors' Cup award and Vanderbilt sponsors a total of 16, which puts it at some disadvantage.
For some further perspective, when the Cup was originated 19 years ago Vanderbilt was in a distant tie for 164th-place. Vanderbilt has improved its placing during each of the past five years while improving the cumulative grade point average of its 350 student-athletes in the process.