Where South Carolina, Clemson finished in this year’s Learfield Directors Cup rankings

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The Learfield Directors’ Cup announced its annual winner this week, with the University of Texas taking home its second straight cup.

The award was developed by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded to schools based on where they finish in each NCAA championships.

Fourteen of the top 25 teams were members of either the SEC or ACC. The top five schools overall in Division I were Texas, Stanford, Michigan, Ohio State and Florida.

The South Carolina Gamecocks finished at No. 37 in the final standings with 627.50 points, while Clemson’s 357.50 point effort landed the Tigers at No. 65.

South Carolina and Clemson were each the No. 11 ranked schools among their respective conferences in the Directors’ Cup points standings.

Both schools were able to bring home at least 100 points in the winter and fall thanks to a pair of national championship wins. Clemson won the men’s soccer national title in the fall, and South Carolina won the women’s basketball title in the winter season.

The women’s basketball championship helped South Carolina finish No. 32 in Learfield’s winter standings. Clemson was just outside of the Top 25; the men’s soccer championship propelled them to No. 26 for the fall.

South Carolina finished with 265.50 points in spring sports, 219 in the winter and 143 in the fall. Outside of women’s basketball, the Gamecocks got the most cup points for accomplishments from women’s soccer, women’s golf, women’s track and field, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and football.

Clemson finished with 174 in the spring, 183.50 in the fall but zero in the fall. For Clemson, after men’s soccer, the Tigers’ football and softball teams generated the most cup points.