A Good Year for UA Sports

The Alabama athletic department earned more national distinction recently when the school earned a 21st-place finish in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup rankings for the 2005-06 school year. It was Alabama's best finish in the Cup standings since 1997, when UA tallied an 18th-place ranking.

Alabama Scores Highly in U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

"We've made a tremendous leap in the standings the last couple of years and that's a tribute to the efforts of our coaches," Alabama athletics director Mal Moore said. "Our student-athletes are to be commended, as well."

The Directors' Cup, sponsored by the U.S. Sports Academy, is annually presented to the best overall athletic program in the United States. Developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) and USA Today in 1994, the Cup is awarded to the top school in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as the top scorer in the NAIA division.

Alabama has finished in the top 30 six times since 1994 and has been in the nation's top 20 three times. The Tide earned 15th-place finishes in 1994 and 1995 to go with the 18th-place finish in 1997. Alabama moved up 17 spots from 2004-05, when UA placed 38th in the Directors' Cup standings.

"I think this is evidence that we are beginning to see the effects of our facilities upgrade over the last few years and the positive factor that has played in our recruiting efforts," Moore said. "Ultimately, our goal at Alabama is to win championships and to be a source of pride for our fans and alumni."

The SEC did well in the 2005-06 Directors' Cup, with four schools joining Alabama in the top 30. Florida finished fifth, Georgia was ninth, Tennessee placed 14th and LSU earned 20th place.

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