June 27, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Behind another remarkable year in athletics that culminated in a BIG EAST-best 10 conference titles, the University of Louisville finished 21st in the Capital One Cup and 32nd in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
In the Capital One Cup, schools earn points based on their teams' top-10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships as well as rankings in final official coaches' polls across 19 men's and 20 women's sports. The Learfield standings rank institutions maintaining a broad-based program, which achieve success in men's and women's sports.
In the spring, the Cardinals picked up 147 points in the Sports Directors' Cup for a total of 611 points. Overall, Louisville had the second-highest finish among all BIG EAST schools. Under head coach Sandy Pearsall, the BIG EAST Softball Coach of the Year, the Cardinals advanced to their ninth-straight NCAA Regional and were selected to host the event for the second-straight time. The baseball team also advanced to regional play, making its fifth appearance in the last six years, while advancing to the final of the regional for the fourth time in the last six trips. Additionally securing points for the Cardinals was the women's track and field teams, as the squad finished in the top 50 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Louisville finished with a BIG EAST-best 38 points on the men's side in the Capital One Cup behind strong finishes from the men's basketball team, which reached the NCAA Final Four, and national champion Carlos Almeida propelling the men's swimming team to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
The Cardinals improved in both standings from a year ago, jumping two spots in both the Capital One Cup and Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today in 1993-94. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 men's and 10 women's.
Louisville's Rankings in the Final Sports Directors' Cup Standings