Ain’t nothin’ but appreciation for this.
The University of Georgia finished No. 8 in the 2017-18 edition of the Learfield NACDA Directors’ Cup, the all-sports competition ranking collegiate athletic programs. The final rankings were released Saturday following the completion of the College World Series.
Georgia posted its 21st-consecutive top-20 effort, making UGA one of only six Division I schools to finish in the top 20 every year since 1997-98. The other schools to do so are Florida, North Carolina, Stanford, Texas and UCLA.
“I’m very happy for our student-athletes, coaches and support staff for this top-10 finish,” said Greg McGarity, UGA’s J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics. “We shared so many memorable experiences across the board this year in NCAA competition, and the Cup is an indicator of our commitment to a broad-based athletic program.”
During 2017-18, 16 of Georgia’s 20 sports included in the Directors’ Cup scored points for UGA. Nine programs posted top-10 efforts.
There’s no reason a school with Georgia’s resources shouldn’t finish top ten on a regular basis. Which is why I find it kind of funny that the press release doesn’t mention the last time before this season Georgia athletics managed that kind of performance.