Notre Dame Places Eighth In Fall Sports Standings
Fall NCAA competition earned the Irish 202 points .

Jan. 9, 2001

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

Fall NCAA competition earned the Irish 202 points based on their ninth-place finish in men’s cross country (59), their national semifinal appearance in women’s soccer (75), their second-round finish in volleyball (30 points) and their 16th-place finish in the final USA Today/ESPN college football poll (38 points).

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, Wisconsin, UCLA and Nebraska.

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, water polo and football.

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. Wisconsin 281, 4. UCLA 270, 5. Nebraska 241, 6. Colorado 220, 7. BYU 219, 8. Notre Dame 202, 9. (tie) Connecticut 200, 9. (tie) Michigan 200. The next set of standings — including the first of the winter sports seasons to conclude — will be issued in late March.