BATON ROUGE -- By picking up points in women's golf and men's tennis, LSU remained among the top 20 schools in the nation in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings, which released its latest set of rankings this week.
LSU is currently ranked No. 17 nationally among all Division I schools with 611.125 points. The Tigers are fourth among schools from the Southeastern Conference, trailing fifth-ranked Florida (796 points), No. 13 Georgia (654.25) and No. 15 Tennessee (644.25).
Other SEC teams in the top 50 include Arkansas at No. 26 with (496.125 points), Auburn at No. 27 (490.375), Alabama at No. 28 (480.5), Kentucky at No. 39 (380.75), and South Carolina at No. 50 (302.25).
Stanford remains No. 1 in the standings with 1044.375 points, followed by UCLA (859.375), Texas (822), Notre Dame (798) and Florida. Duke (784.75), North Carolina (783.25), Southern Cal (776.75), California (776) and Ohio State (767.25) round out the top 10.
The Tigers picked up 51 points for their 23rd-place national finish in women's golf, while the men's tennis team netted 25 points for tying for 33rd-place nationally.
LSU's points totals have come from the following: 90 points in men's indoor track and field for its second place showing; 83 points for its third place finish in men's basketball and added another 83 points for finishing third nationally in women's basketball; 75 points for its No. 5 place finish in the USA Today Coaches poll in football; 72 points for finishing seventh in women's track and field; 39 points for women's swimming and diving and 34 points for men's swimming and diving; and 25 points in volleyball.
The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's.
LSU finished last year ranked No. 23 in the Directors' Cup Standings. The final Directors' Cup Standings for the 2005-06 athletic year will be released once the College World Series has been completed.