Hokies Finish 38th in Directors’ Cup

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The College World Series ended last week, and it brought a close to the
2009-2010 college athletic year. The Hokies had one of their best overall years
in school history, and their ranking in the Directors’ Cup was one of their
highest ever.

Virginia Tech finished with exactly 600 points this year, which surpasses
2007-08 as the highest in school history. They finished 38th in the national
rankings, one behind the 37th spot in 2007-08. Here’s a quick look at Tech’s
history in the Directors’ Cup.

Directors’
Cup Final
Standings for Virginia Tech
Year Points Rank
1993-94 141.5 90
1994-95 81.5 129
1995-96 147.5 91
1996-97 152 92
1997-98 70 96
1998-99 90 86
1999-00 260.5 63
2000-01 278.5 63
2001-02 168 105
2002-03 157 112
2003-04 218 79
2004-05 331.5 58
2005-06 430.75 45
2006-07 434 48
2007-08 569 37
2008-09 459.25 46
2009-10 600 38

The Hokies dramatically improved once they joined the ACC for the 2004-05 year.
They generally finish in the mid-40’s, but they have peaked at 37th and 38th in
two of the past three years.

The improvement is obvious, but they still have some work to do when
competing against the other ACC schools.

The
ACC in the Directors’ Cup
School Points Nat’l
Rank

Virginia
1,253.25 3

Florida State
1,087.50 5

North Carolina
1,029.30 7

Duke
982.75 10

Maryland
710.30 28

Virginia Tech
600.00 38

Georgia Tech
548.25 45

Clemson
458.50 48

Wake Forest
385.00 53

Miami
366.00 58

Boston College
317.00 63

NC State
203.88 89

Tech jumped from 46th overall to 38th in the span of a year, but in the ACC they
only went from 8th to 6th. Despite one of the best overall years in school
history, the Hokies are barely in the top half of the ACC in overall sports.

Finishing in the top four in the ACC is going to be difficult. UVA, UNC,
Florida State and Duke are there every year and the rest of the ACC hasn’t been
able to catch them.

The good news for the Hokies is that they continue to outperform the other
expansion teams, Miami and Boston College. Miami narrowly finished ahead of the
Hokies in the 2008-09 standings, but in general Tech has been better than the
Canes and Eagles since joining the ACC.

Virginia Tech benefited from a very strong spring. The baseball team advanced
to the NCAA Tournament, finishing in a tie for 17th and gaining 50 points
overall. Men’s tennis also finished 17th. The men’s golf team finished 56th and
earned 15 points.

The big winner was the track & field program. The women’s team finished
fifth nationally and earned 75 points, while the men’s team came in 10th,
earning 67.5 points.

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