Stan­ford again tops in ath­letic pro­grams

San Francisco Chronicle - - SPORTING GREEN - By Tom FitzGer­ald Tom FitzGer­ald is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: tfitzger­ald@sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @tomg fitzger­ald

For the 22nd con­sec­u­tive year, Stan­ford has won the Learfield Sports Di­vi­sion I Di­rec­tors’ Cup as the top over­all ath­letic pro­gram in the na­tion.

The Car­di­nal also dom­i­nated the Cap­i­tal One Cup — which splits men’s and women’s sports into sep­a­rate cat­e­gories — but in a switch, the men’s side of the pro­gram out­per­formed the women. Stan­ford’s men won their por­tion of the Cap­i­tal One Cup for the first time since the award was es­tab­lished in 2010. The women fin­ished sec­ond.

The Car­di­nal have dom­i­nated the Di­rec­tors Cup al­most since its ad­vent in 1994. North Carolina won it that school year, but Stan­ford has won it ev­ery year since then. It has been spon­sored by Learfield Sports the past seven years; pre­vi­ously it was spon­sored by Sears.

The fi­nal tab­u­la­tion will be an­nounced this week af­ter the Col­lege World Se­ries is de­cided. Stan­ford (1,526.50 points) fin­ished well ahead of Ohio State. Ohio State has 1,303.50 points and third-place Michi­gan has 1,196.75. Cal is 11th with 966.

Points for both the men and women are awarded based on a school’s na­tional fin­ish in each sport.

The Cap­i­tal One Cup was es­tab­lished mainly as a re­sponse to Stan­ford’s dom­i­na­tion of the Di­rec­tors’ Cup. In ad­di­tion to splitting the sports into men’s and women’s standings, it gives three times as many points to the more vis­i­ble sports, rather than equal weight to all sports as the Di­rec­tors’ Cup does.

With a big boost from its na­tional ti­tle in soc­cer, its third­place fin­ish in foot­ball and its run­ner-up spot in gym­nas­tics, Stan­ford fin­ished with 126 points in the men’s Cap­i­tal One Cup to 108 for run­ner-up North Carolina. Cal tied for 22nd.

In the women’s Cap­i­tal One Cup, Stan­ford fin­ished sec­ond to USC. The Car­di­nal women won a na­tional ti­tle in ten­nis and were run­ners-up in wa­ter polo, golf and swim­ming. The women have won that award twice.

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