For a second straight year, all 10 of the Big 12 Conference's member institutions were ranked in the top 75 of the final Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced.
Texas led the conference with a sixth-place finish on the strength of nine top 10 NCAA Championship finishes during the year, including the top spot in men's golf. The Longhorns' final ranking gives the Big 12 at least one representative in the top 10 in each of the past 10 years.
Texas A&M followed UT with a No. 9 ranking. It is the third straight year the Aggies have ranked in the top 10. The Oklahoma Sooners gave the league three teams in the top 15. The Sooners have been in the top 15 for the past three seasons and were bolstered by NCAA runner-up finishes by its softball and men's gymnastics squads. After compiling one of the greatest athletic department seasons in NCAA history, Baylor tied its highest ranking at No. 25.
Oklahoma State (No. 42), Iowa State (No. 46) and Missouri (No. 49) gave the Conference seven schools in the top 50. Kansas (No. 56), Kansas State (No. 62) and Texas Tech (No. 71) rounded out the Big 12 schools on the list.
The Big 12's two members, TCU and West Virginia, both placed inside the top 52 schools as the Mountaineers were ranked No. 45 and the Horned Frogs were No. 52.
2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Final Standings
9. Texas A&M
42. Oklahoma State
46. Iowa State
62. Kansas State
71. Texas Tech