Texas A&M Finishes Fall in 16th Place in Directors' Cup

By: TAMU Sports Information Department/Alan Cannon
By: TAMU Sports Information Department/Alan Cannon

COLLEGE STATION, TX -- The Texas A&M athletics program finished the fall standings in 16th place in the 2012-13 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Aggies have finished in the Top 10 the past three years in the final year-end rankings. (6th in 2009-10, 8th in 2010-11 and 9th in 2011-12)

“We are very proud of the fall success of our Aggie student-athletes and coaches,” Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said. “We are off to a good start in our inaugural season in the SEC. These are exciting times and I look for our positive momentum to continue the rest of the year.”

Texas A&M finished fifth in the national football polls after a convincing AT&T Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma, 41-14. The top five AP ranking tied the squad with the 1956 Aggie team coached by Paul “Bear” Bryant and the only other squad to finish higher was the 1939 Texas A&M National Championship squad.

The Aggies earned 75 points in the Directors’ Cup and finished with a six-game winning streak and ended the year 11-2 and tied for second in the SEC West with a 6-2 conference record. The 11 wins was only the fourth time in school history for the football team to reach that level.

The women’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Championships to earn 64 points while the women’s volleyball team each reached the second round of the NCAA Championships to earn 50 points. The men’s and women’s cross country teams each earned 29 points while Henry Lelei became the first Aggie to win an SEC Individual Conference title by winning the men’s cross country championship.

The fall sports recognized were men’s water polo, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country as well as FBS and FCS football rankings.

The No. 16 ranking is the best for Texas A&M bettering the tie for No. 17 at the end of last fall. In the final fall standings in 2010, Texas A&M was No. 56 and No. 32 at the end of the 2009 fall campaign.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup takes into consideration the top 10 female sports and the top 10 male sports at each institution. In Texas A&M’s case, the school sponsors 20 intercollegiate sports, 11 female and nine male.

Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings
(As of Jan. 10, 2013)

TOP 25 SEC Order
1. Stanford 398.00 9. Florida 275.50
2. Michigan 373.00 16. TEXAS A&M 247.00
3. Florida State 358.50 28. Georgia 179.00
4. Notre Dame 353.00 29. Kentucky 168.00
5. North Carolina 342.00 35. Arkansas 148.50
6. Oregon 334.00 52. Vanderbilt 101.00
7. UCLA 331.00 53. Alabama 100.00
8. Penn State 323.50 83. Ole Miss 74.00
9. Florida 275.50 85. South Carolina 72.00
10. Texas 274.00 91. LSU 64.50
11. Washington 262.00 99. Mississippi State 54.00
12. Michigan State 260.50 Missouri 54.00
13. BYU 255.50 111. Auburn 50.00
14. Georgetown 253.50 Tennessee 50.00
15. Syracuse 252.00
16. TEXAS A&M 247.00
17. Princeton 245.00
18. Tulsa 239.00
19. Virginia 235.50
20. Maryland 216.00
21. Duke 214.00
22. Connecticut 203.50
23. USC 198.00
24. Oklahoma State 193.00
25. Louisville 186.00

Sport Place Points

Football 5th 75
Women’s Soccer 9th 64
Women’s Volleyball 17th 50
Men’s Cross Country 32nd 29
Women’s Cross Country 32nd 29
Total 9th 247.00

As of Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Men’s Indoor Track & Field #4 USTFCCCA
Women’s Swimming & Diving (4-0, 2-0) #4 CSCAA
Equestrian (4-3, 0-3 SEC) #4 Coach’s Poll
Women’s Indoor Track & Field #6 USTFCCCA
Women’s Tennis #14 ITA
Women’s Golf #18 Golfweek
Women’s Basketball (12-4, 2-0 SEC) #20 AP/#21 USA Today
Men’s Swimming & Diving (0-3, 0-2) #24 CollegeSwimming.com
Men’s Golf #26 Golfweek
Men’s Tennis #26 ITA
Men’s Basketball (11-3, 1-0 SEC) NR AP/NR USA Today

RV-- receiving votes
NR—not ranked

Upcoming SEC & NCAA Championships:
Feb. 19-23, SEC Swimming & Diving Championships, College Station, TX
Mar. 6-10, SEC Women’s Basketball Championships, Duluth, GA
Mar. 13-17, SEC Men’s Basketball Championships, Nashville, TN

Football (11-2, 6-2 SEC) T2nd West #5 USA Today/T#5 AP
Soccer (19-5-1, 10-2-1) West Champs #15 NSCAA/#17 Soccer America
NCAA Sweet 16 Finish
Volleyball (25-6, 16-4) West Champs RV in AVCA
NCAA Second Round
Cross Country
Men (T3rd at SEC) T#35 USTFCCCA/#3 in South Central
Women (8th at SEC) NR USTFCCCA/#3 in South Central

Henry Lelei, Men’s Cross Country SEC Champion
(Finished 5th at NCAA’s—highest finish ever by an Aggie cross country runner.)

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