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BYU ranks No. 11 in final fall Director’s Cup standings

The BYU athletic department is often judged in its fall season by more than just football, even if the majority of its revenue comes from the behemoth of college sports.

But despite an 0-1 postseason record on the gridiron, the Cougars finished the fall with the No. 11 all-sports program in the nation, according to the latest Director’s Cup standings.

The Director’s Cup is a product of the National Association of the College Directors of Athletics and USA Today which measures each school’s overall athletic prowess by assigning points for finishes in 10 men’s and 10 women’s sports through the year.

Stanford was once again the king of the all-sports hill, placing first with 461 points that included top 10 finishes in football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo. Michigan State was second, followed by Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia.

BYU’s success resided primarily on its men’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball team. The Cougars placed fourth for 80 points at the cross country national championships, while a Sweet 16 run by the women’s volleyball team was good enough for a No. 9 final ranking and 64 points. The BYU women’s soccer team earned 50 points for its No. 17 final ranking.

Football finished as the No. 45 team in the standings, good for 15 points in the Cup competition.

“We had a very successful fall with all five of our teams competing in the postseason and earning points in the Director’s Cup,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “It’s a tribute to the hard work of our athletes, coaches and staff and the exceptional support from our fans. We’re hoping for continued success with our teams that compete in winter and spring in hopes of finishing high in the final standings.”

The next WCC team behind BYU was Portland, which finished 47th in the fall standings with a strong finish (No. 7) in men’s cross country for 72 points. WCC teams are traditionally at a disadvantage during the fall segment, with no football teams outside of BYU (FBS Independent) and San Diego (FCS Patriot League).

You can see the full results of the fall portion of the Director’s Cup here.