After a tremendous 2015-2016 athletics season, the South Carolina Gamecocks finished 31st nationally out of nearly 300 schools in the Learfield Directors’ Cup Division I final standings. This marks South Carolina’s best finish since placing 18th in 2002-2003, and it was the Gamecocks’ fifth highest finish ever. It was also the program’s third best point total since the Learfield Directors’ Cup began in 1993-1994. The Learfield Directors' Cup is a program that honors institutions for achieving success in many sports, both men’s and women’s.
“Our finish in the all-sports rankings show that we are seeing results from the dedication and commitment from our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” Athletics Director Ray Tanner said. “I look forward to watching us climb in the rankings as our programs have even greater success.”
Why does this matter? In layman’s terms, the Learfield Directors’ Cup is a statistical system that measures athletics success across the board, and the Gamecocks earned points from 14 of its 21 sports.
Going from 46th in 2014-15 to 31st in 2015-16, and from 11th to 7th in the SEC shows that we are going in the right direction.Charles Bloom, Executive Associate A.D.
With 13 Gamecock programs competing in NCAA Tournaments for their respective sports, and 14 programs being ranked among the national top 25 during the year, South Carolina Athletics continues to build momentum in competing at a high level and establishing themselves among the elite programs nationally.
The Gamecocks tallied 680 points, which ranked seventh in SEC and placed them ahead of conference foes Tennessee (34th), Auburn (35th), Alabama (36th), Missouri (43rd), Mississippi State (44th), Ole Miss (49th), and Vanderbilt (58th), as well as ahead of in-state rival Clemson (42nd). This also marks the eighth straight year that South Carolina has finished ahead of Clemson in the final standings.
“The Learfield Directors’ Cup has been in place since 1993-94, honoring institutions who maintain a successful broad-based athletics program,” said Charles Bloom, Executive Associate Athletics Director/Chief of Staff. “The way the points are distributed highlights the success our teams had last year. Going from 46th in 2014-15 to 31st in 2015-16, and from 11th to 7th in the SEC shows that we are going in the right direction.”
Stanford was the overall winner in the 2015-2016 Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings, while Florida was the highest ranking SEC school, finishing fifth.