TENNESSEE FINISHES 14TH IN DIRECTOR'S CUP STANDINGS
The University of Tennessee athletic departments combined for a 14th-place finish in the 2005-06 Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.
The award is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA TODAY to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.
For the third consecutive year, the University of Tennessee Women's Athletics Department, the Lady Vols, were announced as the 2006 Southeastern Conference women's all-sports winner by the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. In 2005-06, the Lady Vols captured the SEC title in cross country and soccer. All 11 sports advanced to postseason competition.
"This has been a terrific season for us," said Joan Cronan, women's athletics director. "All 11 of our sports were represented in NCAA postseason competition, which is a testament to the quality of our talented coaches and student-athletes."
In one of the most competitive years in the SEC, the men's program was led by the resurgence of men's basketball. Six of nine sports competed in postseason competition, with five sports finishing the year ranked in the Top 20.
"I'm certainly proud of the accomplishments of our teams and coaches this season," said Mike Hamilton, men's athletics director. "We feel we've dedicated the resources to allow our teams and coaches to be successful. None of this would be possible without the support of our great fans and donors."
Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA, the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes institutions in each of the three NCAA divisions and NAIA with the best overall athletics program.