Men's Golf Leads LSU's Directors' Cup Finish
BATON ROUGE – LSU wrapped up another banner year of athletics as the Tigers had 16 of their 21 sports earn points towards the school’s No. 15 national ranking in the annual Learfield Directors’ Cup, which was released this week following the conclusion of the College World Series.
Of LSU’s 21 sports, 16 competed and placed in an NCAA event with the men’s golf team leading the way with the program’s first national title in 60 years. LSU also won Southeastern Conference titles in men’s golf and baseball.
Nationally, the Tigers had seven Top 10 NCAA finishes and LSU became the first school in the history of the Southeastern Conference to play in a bowl game, have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams reach the NCAA Tournament and advance to the College World Series in baseball and softball in the same athletic year.
LSU also joined Florida State and Texas (twice) as the only schools in NCAA history to accomplish the bowl game, men’s/women’s NCAA basketball tournament, and baseball/softball College World Series feat.
LSU also advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round in volleyball, and men’s and women’s tennis. The LSU women’s golf team reached the NCAA Championships and featured the SEC Player of the Year in Madelene Sagstrom.
The annual Learfield Sports Director’s Cup, which measures the overall strength of institution’s athletic programs, released its final standings for the 2014-15 athletic year following the conclusion of the College World Series. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports – 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
Stanford won the overall Directors’ Cup title with 1448.0 points followed by UCLA with 1,236 points and Southern Cal with 1,209 points.
LSU was third among all Southeastern Conference teams in the standings. Florida led all SEC schools at No. 4 with 1188.50 points, followed by Georgia at No. 14 with 931 points. LSU was next with 930.25 points. Arkansas at No. 16 and Texas A&M at No. 17 rounded out the SEC schools in the Top 20.
In addition to the men’s golf team finishing first at the NCAA Championships to get 100 points towards the Directors’ Cup standings, the LSU softball team added 83 points to the school’s total with a third place finish at the Women’s College World Series. LSU’s men’s track and field team placed fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Meet to register 80 points towards the school’s Directors’ Cup total.
LSU’s SEC Champion baseball team tied for fifth at the College World Series to record 78 Directors’ Cup points, while the women’s indoor track and field team scored 71.25 points with its seventh place finish at the NCAA meet.
Other Top 10 NCAA finishes for LSU teams this year include gymnastics with 68.25 points for its seventh place showing and men’s indoor track and field with 68.25 points for finishing ninth at the NCAA meet.
LSU’s other Director’s Cup points came in the following sports: women’s outdoor track and field (66), women’s golf (53.5), volleyball (50), women’s tennis (50), men’s tennis (50), women’s swimming and diving (37), football (25), men’s basketball (25) and women’s basketball (25).
LSU’s National Champions in 2014-15
LSU’s SEC Champions in 2014-15
LSU’s History In the Director’s Cup