Death. Taxes. Stanford wins the Director's Cup.
With the college sports season officially over, Stanford claimed its 20th consecutive Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup award in 2013-14 as the top intercollegiate athletic department in the nation. Stanford finished with 1,482 points, with Florida (1,216,5), Notre Dame (1,128.25), Virginia (1,118.5) and Penn State (1,113) rounding out the top five.
UCLA finished seventh and USC eighth. The ACC and Pac-12 each had three institutions ranked in the top 10.
The Director's Cup is awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women’s and 10 men’s. It's the most highly regarded measure of the top-to-bottom success of an athletic program, though it also favors programs that sponsor a lot of sports. Stanford had nine scores omitted because of the maximum 10 allowed scores for men's and women's sports.
Here's how the Pac-12 stacked up, with the national ranking to the left.
27. Arizona State
75. Oregon State
149. Washington State