BATON ROUGE -- LSU once again finished the athletic season ranked among the top 20 programs in the nation as the Tigers were ranked No. 20 in the final 2006 Director's Cup standings with a total of 675.125 points, the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors announced.
Several triumphs highlighted the LSU athletic year, including trips to the Final Four for both the men's and women's basketball teams following Southeastern Conference regular-season titles and a final ranking of No. 5 for the football team after handing Miami a 40-3 loss in the Chik-fil-a Peach Bowl.
Developed as a joint effort between USA Today and NACDA, the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes the institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program.
The 2006 finish is three spots better than the No. 23 finish a year ago and the 12th straight year LSU has made the Top 25.
Stanford secured the top spot in the Director's Cup for the 12th consecutive year with 1197.375 points, followed by UCLA (1071.375), Texas (966), North Carolina (952.75) and SEC rival Florida (913) rounding out the top five.
Four more SEC schools finished in the Top 25, including Georgia (No. 9), Tennessee (No. 14), Alabama (No. 21) and Auburn (No. 25).