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Where the BCS Conferences Finished in the Directors' Cup

by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com

In a News and Notes update last Friday, we took a look at how Virginia Tech stacked up to the rest of the ACC in the recently released National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Directorsí Cup Standings. Now letís see how the ACC compares to the rest of the BCS conferences in America.

Unfortunately, the ranking system is incomplete. Only the Top 100 schools in the Directorsí Cup are listed on the on the NACDA web site (in the past, the listings were complete), and the Big 12, SEC and Big East all had teams that did not make the Top 100. Since we donít know where those schools finished, we canít include them in the rankings, so they donít drag the ratings of their respective conferences down.

At any rate, hereís a look at how the BCS conferences compare to each other.

BCS Conferences in the Directors' Cup (Top 100 Schools Only*)

Conference

Highest
Finish
Lowest
Finish
Average
Points
Average
Finish

Pac-10

1 71 706.6 25.3

Big Ten

12 53 573.2 30.0

SEC

5 NR 584.6 30.6

ACC

4 51 556.1 32.3

Big 12

3 NR 476.4 44.0

Big East

52 NR 242.8 72.2

* Schools that did not finish in the Top 100 of the standings were not
included in the calculations. These schools include Texas Tech
(Big 12), Mississippi State (SEC), and seven of the 16 schools
from the Big East.

Probably the most consistent conferences in the nation were the Big Ten and ACC. The Big Ten didnít have a team ranked in the Top 10 nationally, but they also didnít have a team finish below 53rd overall. The ACC didnít have a team finish below 51st, which shows good parity from top to bottom in both conferences.

Other conferences varied in their finishes. The Big 12 and SEC both placed teams in the Top 5, but Texas Tech and Mississippi State did not finish in the Top 100. The Pac-10 had an amazing seven schools finish in the top 18 overall, but the last three schools suffered a big dropoff, ending up at 57th, 63rd and 71st.

In the table above, the ACC finishes fourth among BCS standings. But it isnít fair to not penalize the SEC and Big 12 for each having a team finish outside the Top 100. So for the sake of argument, weíll assign 150 points to each school outside the Top 100 and give them a finish of 102nd in the nation (two schools tied for 100, thus we skip 101 and end up with 102).

With those two schools added to the mix, that would drop the SECís average finish to a 36.6. The Big 12 drops to an average finish 48.8. That would push the ACC up to third in the overall standings, a very respectable position.

The Big East, Virginia Techís old stomping ground, has a totally different look than the other BCS conferences. At 52nd nationally, West Virginia is the highest ranking Big East team in the Directorsí Cup. The Big East is intermixed, with some schools that play football and other schools that donít. Some schools like Providence and Georgetown, who donít play football in the Big East, made the Top 100. But Cincinnati, who does play football in the Big East, did not make the Top 100.

For those of you keeping score, if we give the seven Big East schools who did not make the Top 100 the same rating of 150 points and a 102nd place finish (which is being very generous), the Big Eastís average points would drop to 202.2, with an average finish of 85.8.

Virginia Tech Collapsible Trashcan/CoolerSo where would the Hokies have finished if they had been in another conference? If Tech was still in the Big East, their point total would have been enough for first place in the conference. But for the other conferences, they would have finished in about the same position as they did in the ACC (10th). Tech would have finished 8th in the Big 12, 10th in the SEC, 10th in the Big Ten and 7th in the Pac-10. The Hokies have come a long way in the past two years in their Olympic sports programs, but there is still quite a bit of distance between them and many schools in BCS conferences.

The Pac-10 was on top this year, but between them, the Big Ten, the ACC and the SEC, there is relatively little difference, which illustrates the parity that is in college sports today. The Big 12 is well behind the top four conferences, while the Big East brings up the rear. Donít be surprised if those top four conferences, especially the Big Ten, SEC and ACC, continue to finish very close in the final rankings in the future.

2005-06 Directors' Cup Final Standings (PDF file)

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   TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week

Is Brooks Headed to Blacksburg Tomorrow?

July 7, 2006
6-2, 296-pound Denbigh (Newport News, VA) star offensive line recruit Jaymes Brooks wasnít able to make a previously scheduled trip to the University of Florida last month due to scheduling conflicts. TSL caught up with the top in-state prospect to see if he would make the trip to Blacksburg tomorrow.
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Devlin Down to Eight Schools
July 7, 2006
Last month, Mount Lebanon (Pittsburgh, PA) tight end recruit Andrew Devlin made a series of unofficial visits to schools. He's focused right now on helping his team prepare for the upcoming season, but, in the near future, he will have to start focusing more on recruiting if he wants to have a decision before Mount Lebanonís pre-season camp starts.
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5-Star Taylor Heading to VT's Camp
July 7, 2006
6-1 1/2, 200-pound Hampton quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be in attendance for Virginia Techís senior camp tomorrow, and heís not just going to be there for another look around Blacksburg. The 5-star quarterback does plan to meet with the Tech coaches, but he plans to participate as well.
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Visit Made Huge Impact on DeChristopher
July 6, 2006
6-5, 295-pound Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) standout Blake DeChristopher had an excellent visit to Virginia Tech yesterday, which is when he decided to make his commitment to the Hokies. Techsideline.com caught up with Blake today, and he discussed yesterday's experience and what other factors played a part in his decision.
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DeChristopher Commits to Hokies
July 6, 2006
Offensive line is, once again, an important position for Virginia Tech to recruit. The Hokies landed their first commitment in the 2007 class at the position yesterday, when Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) standout Blake DeChristopher pledged to Tech over offers from Maryland, Ohio State and Virginia. The commitment was reported this morning by the Roanoke Times.
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Linthicum Decision Coming in August
July 5, 2006
In about a month, St. Anneís-Belfield (Charlottesville, VA) standout Brian Linthicum may have made his decision on which college he will attend. The 6-4, 220-pound tight end prospect has two key unofficial visits left to take beforehand, but plans to take each of those in the near future.
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WR Terry Talks Recruiting
July 4, 2006
6-0 1/2, 182-pound Halifax (South Boston, VA) wide receiver Patrick Terry visited several schools over the past few weeks, with one in particular leaving a favorable impression upon him. This Saturday, he will travel to Virginia Tech for Techís camp and in hopes of landing an official offer from the Hokies.
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4-Star Smith Lists Top 7
July 3, 2006
6-2, 195-pound Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA) wide receiver Jay Smith has a current top seven. Smith says this ďmost likely isĒ the final seven, although he didnít rule out a possible change down the road. TechSideline.com caught up with the talented 4-star prospect to find out which programs are in the top seven, where he plans to go this summer and when a commitment could be made.
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TSL Recruiting Video: LB Quillie Odom
July 3, 2006
TSL has added highlight clips to the recruiting card of 6-1 1/2, 200-pound Osbourn Park (Manassas, VA) linebacker Quillie Odom. Odom, who was the first player to commit to Tech in the 2007 recruiting class, played middle linebacker last season as a junior for the Yellow Jackets.
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Hokies Finish 45th in Directors' Cup
June 30, 2006
The College World Series recently concluded, and when the results of all the sports were tallied, it was Stanford taking home the Directorsí Cup for the 12th consecutive year. But the Hokies had a pretty good year as well, finishing 45th in the nation, the highest finish in school history. As the Hokies recruit more ACC type players, their Directorsí Cup finish keeps going up.
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