Clemson, S.C.—Clemson finished No. 42 nationally in the Learfield Director’s Cup Standings for the 2015-16 academic year, the highest finish for the program in the last nine years.
The Learfield Directors Cup takes into account final national rankings and NCAA Tournament appearances and finishes, in computing its ranking, which dates to the 1993-94 academic year. This year’s No. 42 finish was the best since a No. 36 finial ranking in 2006-07.
A big reason for Clemson’s 15-place jump in the rankings relative to last year was the fall performance of the Clemson football team and both soccer programs. The Clemson football and men’s soccer programs each reached championship games, a first for the Clemson program in the same fall semester.
Both programs finished second in their respective sports final polls and scored 90 points apiece in the Learfield Director’s Cup standings. The women’s soccer program reached the second round of the NCAA Championship and scored 50 points in the standings. Clemson finished the fall with 230 points, the 17th highest total in the nation.
Clemson scored 39 points in men’s indoor track and 19.5 in women’s indoor track during the winter.
Clemson scored points in five sports during the spring semester. The men’s golf team finished tied for 14th at the NCAA Championships in Oregon and scored 57, while the baseball team score 50 for reaching the finals of the Clemson regional. The women’s golf (43.5), men’s track (40) and women’s tennis (25) teams, also scored points in the Director’s Cup Standings for the spring.
Overall, 10 of Clemson’s 19 sports scored points. The Director’s Cup allows scoring for 20 sports. Clemson scored 504 points for the year, most for the school since it scored 527.5 in 2006-07.
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