Zeros for UT add up as costly in Director's Cup

UT still manages to finish in 33rd place

Tennessee finished 33rd in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup and eighth among all SEC schools in the Division I all-sports rankings.

Still, the Vols' 606 points and final placement amounted to comeback, considering how their athletic year started.

With the scoring system based on final rankings or qualifying and performing in NCAA tournaments, the Vols suffered for football, men's basketball and baseball, which failed to score a point.

Of the 20 teams that counted toward UT's final total, the Vols didn't get a point in eight of them. Six of the eight were men's teams.

In football, Tennessee finished 5-7 and didn't qualify for a bowl. With both the men's and women's cross country teams also getting shut out, UT was in 80th place after the fall season with just 75 points.

Tennessee rallied during the winter on the strength of women's basketball (73 points) and women's swimming (71.25). Although men's hoops won 19 games and finished tied for second in the overall conference standings at 10-6, the Vols made the NIT tournament, not the NCAA.

The spring season was UT's strongest with 311.25 points. Softball, which reached the Women's College World Series, led with 73.25. But women's track and field also contributed 68.25 points. The Lady Vols' ninth-place finish in the NCAA Outdoor Championships was their best since 2005. Men's and women's

tennis (50 points apiece) and men's track and field (15) also chipped in points.

In baseball, the Vols lost 16 of their last 18 SEC games and failed to make the conference tournament under first-year coach Dave Serrano. The Vols failed to make the conference tournament all four years under the previous coach, Todd Raleigh.

Florida was the top SEC school in the final standings, finishing second behind Stanford with 1,314 points. The other conference schools finishing ahead of Tennessee were LSU (13th, 967.75 points), Georgia (18th, 833.25), Arkansas (20th, 811), Alabama (23rd, 750.50), Auburn (28th, 648) and Kentucky (29th, 643).

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Comments » 24

Weatherman writes:

No surprise here...a new season/year approaches though. Go Vols!

trgclychip writes:

a new "director of track and field " would help.

vollaw writes:

in response to trgclychip:

a new "director of track and field " would help.

+1

Pullingguard writes:

No Question... Winning sports programs at UT have taken a backseat to most SEC programs. Hopefully, Hart will revive the entire program into a winning and competitive contender in the SEC and on National level..

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

UF #2
ut#33

Seems about right

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

UF #2
ut#33

Seems about right

You = 0 just right

Retiredvol writes:

This really sucks how low can we go ?

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

You = 0 just right

Fan in the Boro,

Correct sir. The troll is just that.........a
Zero.

CrankE writes:

This article tells us nothing that we did not already know. The bathtub ring left by Lord Hamilton continues to be washed away. Here's hoping that UT will take the lesson to heart; This is what happens when you hire a manager-administrator instead of an true leader.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Fan in the Boro,

Correct sir. The troll is just that.........a
Zero.

Yes Orange County, Zero = all the trolls on this site

arkyvol writes:

the standing of the athletic program will soon approximate the standing of the academic program. not that anyone posting here cares.

Groundedvol writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

Yes Orange County, Zero = all the trolls on this site

I bleed orange, but what his name is and what he said is a fact. Wake up and realize we finished LAST in East. LAST!! Behind UK and fricking Vandy! We better win 9 or 10 or this VFL will be hoping for another rebuild. And I truly don't want it. Wake up people. Quit drinking the kool-aid. WE WERE LAST IN EAST BEHIND UK AND VANDY!!!!!!

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Groundedvol:

I bleed orange, but what his name is and what he said is a fact. Wake up and realize we finished LAST in East. LAST!! Behind UK and fricking Vandy! We better win 9 or 10 or this VFL will be hoping for another rebuild. And I truly don't want it. Wake up people. Quit drinking the kool-aid. WE WERE LAST IN EAST BEHIND UK AND VANDY!!!!!!

maybe but he's still only on this site to instigate and stir the pot

frblalack writes:

0 points in Men's and Women's Cross Country!!! That's an absolute travesty!

Mr. Hart, there is a HUGE problem in our track & field program!!!

All Vols - Vol for Life - I bleed Orange!!!

bigdisbig writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

UF #2
ut#33

Seems about right

Dude, you have a UT envy complex whether you know it or not. You try to stir the pot only because you are jealous of the Vol fan base. No Vol fan on this site goes to other sites because we don't care about other schools. I have no idea who you root for but whoever it is must have rejected you. I'm sorry you are so bitter but you can always pic up your toys and go home to your mommy if she will have you. Most likely you are a spoiled brat who was even rejected by her too. LOL
Grow up dude and get a life.

gvillevol writes:

I understand how we showed poorly in this, but how does Alabama win four NCAA titles in a year and only finish 23rd? This must take into account all of the major sports, like field hockey and fencing.

OrangePsyched writes:

I know this is weak but someone said we finished behind Vandy but I don't see that in this article. We were 8th in the SEC. This will change as football, men's BB and the baseball team are on the rise. We are trending up.

TheFuj writes:

Just horrible. Wonder how we compared in athletic department budget versus other schools.
2011-2012 was just a terrible year for mens sports at UT.
We have to be better in football and baseball and expect good basketball.

volsmith writes:

I expect about the same in the near future.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

Now that Opie Hamilton isn't running things anymore these rankings will go way up. Opie Hamilton is doing what he should be now, running a nonprofit organization. I'm still scratching my head as to what qualified that man to be the UT AD?

luvmatersoup writes:

Yet another "positive" article about UT on a UT site!!! I don't really understand the point thingy but it doesn't sound like it puts UT in the best of lite? Does anyone know if we've paid our basketball coach yet? Last I read on here, he still has not been paid by UT or some type of MOA payment?

rampsneggs writes:

in response to Groundedvol:

I bleed orange, but what his name is and what he said is a fact. Wake up and realize we finished LAST in East. LAST!! Behind UK and fricking Vandy! We better win 9 or 10 or this VFL will be hoping for another rebuild. And I truly don't want it. Wake up people. Quit drinking the kool-aid. WE WERE LAST IN EAST BEHIND UK AND VANDY!!!!!!

Read the last paragraph of the article. It seems UT was ahead of USC, Vandy, and Mizzou. Not great but not "last in the east" or "behind ... Vandy". No kool-aid, just reading comprehension.

DCHess writes:

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DCHess writes:

in response to DCHess:

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Oh, c'mon!! Really? I slap the Bammers - WITHOUT CURSING, I might add - and get removed? Guess I know where KNS's allegiance is! Bet y'all party down with Finebaum before the season begins!

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