North Carolina tops ACC in Directors' Cup

North Carolina led the way among ACC schools in the final standings of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, which measures the overall success of a school's athletic program.

Points are awarded to each program based on its finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s. Four ACC teams finished in the Top 20, tied for second with the SEC among all conferences.

Stanford won the Cup for the 19th straight year. Here is a look at how the ACC programs did, including Pitt and Syracuse. I also included Louisville, which joins in 2014.

No. 8 North Carolina

No. 11 Florida State

No. 12 Duke

No. 20 Virginia

No. 34 NC State

No. 36 Virginia Tech

No. 38 Louisville

No. 39 Syracuse

No. 44 Maryland

No. 52 Clemson

No. 71 Miami

No. 74 Georgia Tech

No. 76 Boston College

No. 98 Wake Forest

No. 109 Pittsburgh

A few notes:

  • Duke finished third among all private schools, behind Stanford and Notre Dame (ninth). The Blue Devils have now placed among the top 20 in the Directors' Cup Standings for 10 consecutive years.

  • NC State had its second-highest finish ever, and set a school record with its 633.6 points earned, topping the previous high mark of 576.6 set last year.

  • Syracuse finished in the Top 40 for the first time in school history, as four programs reached the Final Four in their respective sports: women’s field hockey, men’s basketball and women’s and men’s lacrosse.