Notre Dame Stands Ninth In All-Sports Competition
Irish fall sports grouped among the elite according to the 2000-01 Sears Directors’ Cup.

Jan. 3, 2001

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame stands ninth in the third set of fall sports standings released in the 2000-01 Sears Directors’ Cup all-sports competition.

Fall NCAA competition has earned the Irish 164 points based on their ninth-place finish in men’s cross country (59), their national semifinal appearance in women’s soccer (75) and their second-round finish in volleyball (30 points). Yet to come are fall points for Notre Dame’s football season (9-3 and ranked 10th in ESPN/USA Today poll heading into Tostitos Fiesta Bowl).

North Carolina (310 points) leads the competition thanks to its NCAA championship in women’s soccer and a runnerup finish in field hockey. Second is Stanford, followed by UCLA, Wisconsin, Colorado and BYU.

The current standings include results from NCAA fall competition in field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and water polo.

In previous years in which the Sears Directors’ Cup competition has been held, Notre Dame has finished 11th in 1993-94, 30th in 1994-95, 11th in 1995-96, 14th in 1996-97, tied for 31st in 1997-98, 25th in 1998-99 and 21st in 1999-2000.

Here are the current standings:

1. North Carolina 310
2. Stanford 285
3. UCLA 270
4. Wisconsin 253
5. Colorado 220
6. BYU 219
7. Connecticut 200
8. Nebraska 176
9. Notre Dame 164
10. Wake Forest 162.