For the third consecutive year, all Big 12 member institutions finished in the top 75 of the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings released Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Oklahoma led conference members with a seventh-place finish, its highest final ranking since the league began in 1996-97. The Sooners’ final ranking gives the Big 12 at least one representative in the top 10 in each of the past 11 years.
Texas followed OU with a No. 13 ranking. The Longhorns have finished in the top 15 each year since 2001-02. Texas won the women’s volleyball national championship and registered four top five, seven top 10 and fifteen top 25 NCAA Championship finishes.
Oklahoma State (No. 27), Iowa State (No. 41), Baylor (No. 45), Texas Tech (No. 48) and TCU (No. 50) finished in the top 50 to give the Big 12 seven schools in the top 50 for the 14th straight year. Kansas (No. 58), West Virginia (No. 68) and Kansas State (No. 72) round out the league’s members on the list.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports – 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
BIG 12 IN 2012-13 LEARFIELD SPORTS DIRECTORS’ CUP FINAL STANDINGS
27. Oklahoma State
41. Iowa State
48. Texas Tech
68. West Virginia
72. Kansas State