University of Arizona’s all-sport ranking sinks to lowest levelby Anthony Gimino on Jun. 25, 2010, under Sports
The Arizona Wildcats are set to have their worst showing ever in the Directors’ Cup, an all-sport ranking that has been in existence since the 1993-94 school year.
Arizona used to live in the top 10, but it has become a fringe top 25 athletic department in recent seasons. With only points from baseball still to be counted, the Wildcats are 30th in the nation … and that is where they will finish.
UA will score 25 points for reaching the NCAA tournament in baseball, but that won’t move the Wildcats up in the overall standings, and neither can any school catch them. Arizona’s previous worst finish in the Directors’ Cup was 27th in 2008.
For most of the duration of the Directors’ Cup, Arizona’s athletic director was Jim Livengood, who left in December for UNLV knowing that his expiring contract was not going to be renewed. Greg Byrne took over in May.
It falls to Byrne to get Arizona back in the Top 10.
The Directors’ Cup standings includes the top finishes in the NCAA postseason for a department’s top 10 men’s and top 10 women’s programs. One hundred points are awarded for an NCAA title, with a minimum of five points given to an NCAA appearance, depending on the size of the bracket. For football, points are awarded based on the final USA Today Top 25 poll and bowl game results. Arizona, for example, received 25 points for its Holiday Bowl loss.