Hokies finish 36th in the Directors’ Cup

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The final Directors’ Cup standings were released last week, and as usual Stanford finished at the top.  The Hokies had their second best finish in school history.

Virginia Tech stacked up fairly well when compared with the rest of the ACC.

UNC: 8
FSU: 11
Duke: 12
UVA: 20
NC State: 34
VT: 36
Maryland: 44
Clemson: 52
Miami: 71
GT: 74
BC: 76
Wake: 98

Of the new teams added to the ACC, Notre Dame finished #9, Syracuse finished #39, while Pitt came in at #109.  Louisville, who will join the ACC in 2014, finished #38.  The Cardinal won the Sugar Bowl, won the National Championship in men’s basketball, played for the National Championship in women’s basketball, and advanced to the College World Series in baseball.  They will be quite an addition in the major sports for the ACC.

This is Virginia Tech’s second highest finish in the Directors’ Cup.

1994: 90
1995: 129
1996: 91
1997: 92
1998: 96
1999: 86
2000: 63
2001: 63
2002: 105
2003: 112
2004: 79
2005: 58 (first year in ACC)
2006: 45
2007: 48
2008: 37
2009: 46
2010: 38
2011: 45
2012: 35 (highest ever)
2013: 36

2012 and 2013 represent Virginia Tech’s best back-to-back years in the Director’s Cup in school history.

It’s easy to see that Virginia Tech has benefited as a whole from joining the ACC.  The Hokies have become competitive across multiple sports, as opposed to the Big East days when they struggled to recruit and were competitive in only a few sports.  They finished with an average rank of 91.45 during the Big East days, and that average rank has improved to 43.11 in the ACC.  You can literally say that Tech’s overall athletics department is more than twice as good as it was pre-expansion.

Let’s take a look at which Virginia Tech sports scored points this year…

Men’s Cross Country: 22nd place, 52 points
Women’s Soccer: 33rd place, 25 points
Football: 26th place, 45 points
Women’s Indoor Track and Field: 34th place, 40 points
Men’s Indoor Track and Field: 9th place, 67.5 points
Women’s Swimming: 24th place, 49.5 points
Men’s Swimming: 20th place, 53.5 points
Wrestling: 10 place, 67.5 points
Men’s Tennis: 17th place, 50 points
Men’s Golf: 56th place, 15 points
Softball: 17th place, 50 points
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field: 61st place, 9 points
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field: 19th, 55 points
Baseball: 17th, 50 points

That’s a good year overall, and it includes two top 10 finishes and five other top 20 finishes.

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  1. Although this is our second highest finish, it is our highest point total (629) and the highest number of teams earning points (14). Last year’s 35th place finish was accomplished with only 589 points and 11 teams earning points. Our point total this year would have earned a top 30 finish last year. VT only fields 21 squads that can earn points. Stanford fields 36 teams and enjoys a huge athletic endowment that enables them to fund all the fringe sports. You get the same amount of points for a 1st place finish in women’s rowing as you do in football so it’s easy to see how Stanford racks up twice as many Director’s Cup points as VT. VT had its best year point total even with football and basketball having off years.

    Bottom Line: VT athletics continues to improve across the board and (I think) has not yet maximized the advantage of being in the ACC. We have steadily improved in Women’s Soccer, LAX, wrestling, swimming and diving, Volleyball, etc and have yet to plateau.

  2. Chris, small typo maybe or a question. You mention the Cardinal when talking about Louisville. Are they the Cardinal like Stanford or did you mean the Cardinals?

  3. Chris – Which VT sports teams did not score points? What mainstream sports do other schools in the top 25 Director’s Cup standings have that VT does not?

  4. This is a really good showing for a “down” year for Virginia Tech sports. I haven’t seen the numbers but its my impression that our student athletes are doing well in the classroom in regard to graduation rates, being academic AA’s …etc. I am really proud of all our student athletes for their efforts in our sports programs and in academics.

  5. Boy, that Jim Weaver, huh? What an idiot! He clearly doesn’t know how to run a major college athletic program!

    1. Yea Weaver really runs fast, jumps high and is super strong. He is a terrible A.D. who works part time from home, hires assistants and knocks down over a half a million a year. Glad you are easily satisfied with his job performance because majority of Hokie Nation is NOT.

      1. Yes, well i think Hokiestud was trying to make a point … last winter after the men’s basketball team would lose a game there were posters on here who would say “fire Weaver”.

        Meanwhile, it was Weaver who committed the savings in travel expenses when joining the ACC to the olympic sports … $1M which gave a number of sports the opportunity to pay their assistant coaches and give a few scholarships.

        I imagine as revenues increased he increased he spent more money on the olympic sports … the money comes first then the athletes.

      2. So what?? NOT a democratic process. I don’t think the new president will jump on TSL to find out what we think about JW (or the current one for that matter).

        Not to speak for stud, but why is it JW has nothing to do with our successes, but is to blame for all our failures.

        The truth: like a QB, too much credit and blame

  6. How in the heavens did the football team finish in 26th place? That’s quite a curve.

      1. Probably a good assumption. Maybe it’s like graduating. If you not one of those cum laude guys or girls, everybody gets the same diploma. 7-6 and a bowl win is just as good as anybody else who didn’t win the conference championship either.

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