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Led by basketball, UA athletics finishes top ten in Directors’ Cup standings

The University of Alabama athletic department finished the 2023-24 school year in ninth place in the LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced Wednesday morning. It marks the second-highest finish in school history, behind only 2021’s seventh-place finish.

The Directors’ Cup is an annual award given to the NCAA Division 1 university with the most all-around athletic success. The Crimson Tide’s athletic programs did not record a national championship this year, but seven teams finished top-ten nationally in their respective sports: football, men’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, softball, and women’s cross-country. Men’s basketball led the way, with their Final Four appearance netting UA 83 points.

Alabama ranked fourth in the SEC, trailing only No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Florida, and No. 6 Texas A&M. The Tide also finished behind Directors’ Cup winner Texas, who will become a full-fledged member of the SEC on July 1st.

The top-ten standings are as follows:

  1. Texas, 1,377 points
  2. Stanford, 1,312.75 points
  3. Tennessee, 1,217 points
  4. Florida, 1,189 points
  5. Virginia, 1,066.25 points
  6. Texas A&M, 1,059.25 points
  7. North Carolina, 1,035.75 points
  8. Michigan, 1,030 points
  9. Alabama, 1028.88 points
  10. UCLA, 1,017.5 points

Charles Vaughan is a contributing writer for Yellowhammer News. 

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