With Baseball Points Still Up for Grabs, Tennessee Now 10th in Directors’ Cup Standings

With Baseball Points Still Up for Grabs, Tennessee Now 10th in Directors’ Cup Standings


The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) released updated LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings Tuesday, and Tennessee sits in 10th place following an outstanding spring.

For the first time since 2006-07, Tennessee has passed the 1,000-point mark, as UT currently owns 1,000.75 points. The Big Orange’s last top-10 finish also came in 2006-07, when it landed at an all-time high of No. 7. Tennessee’s only other previous top-10 finish came in 2004-05 (eighth).

The only NCAA sport for which Directors’ Cup points have yet to be awarded is baseball, and by securing a berth to the College World Series Monday night, the Vols are ensured of adding at least 73 more points.

Stanford (1,339) has clinched the 2022-23 Directors’ Cup crown. Following the Cardinal in the current top-10 are Texas (1,306.50), Ohio State (1,210.75), USC (1,073), Georgia (1,072.50), Michigan (1,045.75), Virginia (1,032.50), North Carolina (1,030.50), Florida (1,001.50) and Tennessee (1,000.75).

In baseball, Tennessee projects to outscore multiple schools ahead of it in the current top 10.

After capturing 203.5 points in the fall and 407 points in the winter, Tennessee has racked up 390.25 so far this spring (with more to come). The Lady Vols softball team added 83 points for reaching the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series. Their 83 points stand as the most by any UT team this year, though the baseball team could match or surpass that based on its performance in Omaha.

Other contributors to Tennessee’s spring scoring surge thus far are women’s outdoor track & field (66.75), women’s tennis (64), men’s tennis (64), men’s outdoor track & field (51), women’s golf (34) and men’s golf (27.5).

Last year, Tennessee’s 13th-place finish in the Directors’ Cup was its best since 2006-07. Tennessee also was the fourth-best finisher among SEC schools last year—a significant improvement from its ninth-place SEC finish in 2020-21.

The Southeastern Conference leads all Division I leagues with seven schools in the top 25.

The 2022-23 LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings will be finalized and published following the conclusion of the College World Series, which begins Friday. The Vols’ first game in Omaha is set for 7 p.m. ET Saturday vs. LSU on ESPN.

-UT Athletics

Director’s Cup / Credit: UT Athletics

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