July 16, 2010
2009-10 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
The University of Wisconsin claimed No. 21 in the 2009-10 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup final standings, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced. The Badgers climbed 20 positions since finishing 41st in 2008-09.
Standford tallied 1508.50 points to claim the title for the 16th year in a row while Florida (1310.25), Virginia (1253.25), UCLA (1124.00) and Florida State (1087.50) completed the top five.
The Badgers collected 811 points for the fourth-best finish of any Big Ten Conference school. In 17 years, the cardinal and white have finished among the top four in the league ten times.
Four spring sports combined to collect 203.50 points for the Badgers to add to the 607.50 points earned in the fall and winter seasons. Women's rowing's program-best seventh place NCAA finish, men's tennis' NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and men's track and field's No. 21 NCAA finish contributed at least 50 points apiece while women's track and field slated 31 points.
The men's hockey team's national runner-up finish, wrestling's fourth-place national finish and the football team's No. 16 ranking in the USA Today poll propelled by its Champs Sports Bowl title were among Wisconsin's achievements that collected major points during the fall and spring. The men's and women's basketball and women's soccer teams' national tournament appearances also contributed significantly to the Badgers' 811 point total.
Wisconsin's 2009-10 finish marks the 13th time the Badgers have finished in the top 25 since the award's inception in 1993.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's.