CLEVELAND – For just the second time in Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup history, an institution other than Stanford University sits atop the standings at the end of a season, with the 2020-21 Cup heading to Austin for The University of Texas. The Longhorns took home three national championships – men’s swimming and diving and both women’s rowing and women’s tennis – and a runner-up finish in women’s volleyball. Texas took home the title with 1252 total points.
In the 28-year history of the Cup, Texas has finished second overall three times prior to its Cup win this year, including 19 top-10 finishes in the final standings. The Longhorns scored in all four mandatory sports – women’s volleyball and basketball and men’s basketball and baseball – and 13 out of the 15 additional sports.
The Stanford Cardinal finished second overall with 1195.75 points with a pair of national championships in women’s basketball, and men’s gymnastics. The Cardinal tallied scores in 17 total sports, including two of the four mandatory sports, women’s basketball and baseball. Stanford finished second with 1195.75 points.
Third and fourth place finishers, Michigan and North Carolina, were separated by just .25 points, 1126.50-1126.25. The Wolverines took home the women’s gymnastics national championship, along with 10 top-10 showings across the 18 sports that they scored in. North Carolina took home the field hockey national title and recorded five top-three finishes – men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis.
Rounding out the top five is Florida with 1121.75 points. The Gators won the men’s tennis title and had six additional top-five finishes – women’s volleyball, women’s gymnastics, men’s swimming and diving, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field and women’s lacrosse,
At the conference level, the SEC leads all Division I conferences with eight institutions finishing in the top-25.