The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup has been the standard measurement for competitive success in intercollegiate sports for 20 years.
Iowa State placed 41st in the 2012-13 standings announced today. It was the third time in four seasons that the Cyclones have ranked among the Top 50 in Division 1A athletics. Prior to that, ISU had recorded a Top 50 ranking just once in the prior dozen years.
For the third time in four seasons, the Cyclones were the highest finisher among schools in the state. Iowa finished 65th and UNI was 121st in this year’s ratings.
Most impressively for Iowa State, however, was its place among Big 12 schools. The Cyclones’ total of 538.33 points was fourth-most (trailing Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma State) in the conference.
ISU was fifth (among 12 league schools) in 2000 and sixth (among 12 league schools) in 2012.
The fourth-place rank this year (among 10 league schools) in the Big 12 was a noteworthy milepost for the Cyclones. In other major conferences, the fourth-best finishers in the cup were Oregon (Pac-12), Minnesota (Big Ten), LSU (SEC) and Virginia (ACC). That is pretty select company.
This national all-sports rankings was another step forward for the student-athletes and coaches at Iowa State. They deserve your appreciation.