Tennessee finishes 37th, an all-time low, in final Directors' Cup standings

Vols, Lady Vols scored more, but ended up 37th

KNOXVILLE, TN - May 17, 2013:  Freshman outfielder Rainey Gaffin #42 hits the winning run during the second round matchup of the NCAA Regionals between the University Tennessee Lady Volunteers and the NC State Wolfpack at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics$RETURN$$RETURN$

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KNOXVILLE, TN - May 17, 2013: Freshman outfielder Rainey Gaffin #42 hits the winning run during the second round matchup of the NCAA Regionals between the University Tennessee Lady Volunteers and the NC State Wolfpack at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics$RETURN$$RETURN$

Tennessee finished 37th in the final standings of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup released on Thursday, the school’s lowest ranking in the 20-year history of the award.

The Vols did increase their point total from a year ago, bolstered by a runner-up finish by the softball team in the College World Series earlier this month.

The award, developed by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, honors overall excellence in all sports. Programs earn points based on their finish in up to 20 sports — 10 men’s and 10 women’s. The tentative final standings were released June 14, but NACDA issued a final update Thursday to reflect the baseball season that ended earlier this week.

Stanford continued its dominance in the Cup standings, winning for the 19th consecutive year, 16.5 points ahead of second-place Florida. UCLA, Michigan and Texas A&M rounded out the top five.

Georgia finished 10th in the standings, giving the SEC more top-10 schools than any other conference.

At No. 37, Tennessee was ninth among SEC teams, behind LSU (19th), Arkansas (21st), Kentucky (25th), Alabama (26th) and Auburn (33rd) and in front of Vanderbilt (46th), South Carolina (47th), Mississippi State (49th), Missouri (53rd), and Ole Miss (61st).

The Vols earned 90 of its 619 overall points from softball and 73 from a fifth-place finish in the men’s tennis NCAA championships. But the Vols were

hurt by poor showings in baseball and track.

Tennessee was one of only five SEC baseball teams not to make the NCAA tournament and the Vols scored only five points from men’s track and none from women’s track, while many SEC peers loaded up on points in those two categories.

In last year’s Cup standings, Tennessee scored 606 points but finished 33rd.

The Vols have slipped in recent years after finishing 22nd (763.5 points) in 2010-2011, 16th (856.6 points) in 2009-2010 and 23rd (746.25 points) in 2008-2009.

Before 2008-2009, the Vols had finished in the top 20 in 12 of the previous 14 years.

Tennessee has finished in the top 10 twice during the Cup’s history. The Vols were eighth in 2004-2005 and seventh in 2006-2007.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee athletics. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

UT through the years

1993-94: 13th place

1994-95: 11th

1995-96: 13th

1996-97: 17th

1997-98: 19th

1998-99: 17th

1999-00: 20th

2000-01: 21st

2001-02: 12th

2002-03: 27th

2003-04: 14th

2004-05: 8th

2005-06: 14th

2006-07: 7th

2007-08: 16th

2008-09: 23rd

2009-10: 16th

2010-11: 22nd

2011-12: 33rd

2012-13: 37th

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FearlessFreep writes:

Can UT fire JJ Clak now?Please?

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say Bama won the NC and still ended up 26th. (?) Witch Doctor say this sounds like something made up they give the big 10 schools to make their feelings not be so hurt. Witch Doctor say big whoop..Witch Doctor say just like Honey Boo mom says.."Shut up your crying getting pulled for a higher title!"
Bones never lie.

GerryOP writes:

OK. We all know how bad things have been the last few years. But now we have new staffs with a new outlook so let's get moving on. Forget the past mistakes, learn from them, things are looking up. Like WD said, "big whoop!"

VolInIndy writes:

Can we get that renaming of the road by the sewer plant to Mike Hamilton Blvd. approved? I like the man as a person but this performance speaks highly of his AD coach hiring performance. At least he raised funds for the facilities.

Tennball writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say Bama won the NC and still ended up 26th. (?) Witch Doctor say this sounds like something made up they give the big 10 schools to make their feelings not be so hurt. Witch Doctor say big whoop..Witch Doctor say just like Honey Boo mom says.."Shut up your crying getting pulled for a higher title!"
Bones never lie.

Football is only one sport and it does not outweigh all others as you may think. Overall, the Tide had a pretty down year.

Snapshot writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribe:

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A commode door fan talking smack, how novel. Get back with us when your "real coach" beats a team with a winning record. And I don't mean some Div.II school.

ActualUTAlum writes:

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ActualUTAlum writes:

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gillblog writes:

First sentence, fourth paragraph was all we needed to hear.

rbwtn writes:

Hey I know a Quick Fix. Put Hamilton back on the job as AD.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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I'm just glad we didn't have any football players arrested for shooting people in the face. You keep it real and classy Gators!

volnbig11land writes:

in response to WetumpkaThumpa:

I'm just glad we didn't have any football players arrested for shooting people in the face. You keep it real and classy Gators!

+1

Well said, and you beat me to it.

Funny how she waited a couple of days to show up on here until the headlines calmed down a bit.

Don't bother coming back here looking for a reply, she certainly read it, but you won't hear a peep out of her.

Go Vols!

volnbig11land writes:

whooppssssss, guess I spoke too soon. The headlines have stopped just yet.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/28/...

What say ye 9er, zz, et all??????

Prostar writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribe:

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But we still finished ahead of the Commode-Dores. Even at an all-time low we're still better than you.

volnbig11land writes:

in response to volnbig11land:

whooppssssss, guess I spoke too soon. The headlines have stopped just yet.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/28/...

What say ye 9er, zz, et all??????

"haven't", not have. For the grammer police.

Chappy writes:

Any good journalist knows that when there's no news to report, you create news to report (the more negative, the better!).

Chappy writes:

in response to ActualUTAlum:

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Have you considered switching to decafe coffee?

volsmith writes:

Dave Hart: 2 years on the job, 2 lowest ratings we've ever had. Get rid of that Alabama piece of phooey.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Witch Doctor say of course Witch Doctor watch! Witch Doctor say how else would Witch Doctor know what Gator Alum are doing these days....? duh. lol
Bones never lie

thevoice writes:

At least we beat Vandy.

Orangeblood13 writes:

I see a troll gathering, lookout!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Tennball:

Football is only one sport and it does not outweigh all others as you may think. Overall, the Tide had a pretty down year.

Witch Doctor say maybe its "low" tide? lol.
Bones never lie.

antonio14313 writes:

in response to Chappy:

Any good journalist knows that when there's no news to report, you create news to report (the more negative, the better!).

i don't know that actual term for it, but i personally call it "space filler".

go vols.

t

arkyvol writes:

i'd love to see the university of tennessee do better in the director's cup standings, but i'd be a helluva lot more impressed if it did better in the u.s. news & world report standings.

Scull10k writes:

Go Vol Tennis-no 1 in 2014

CommodoreCapital writes:

in response to thevoice:

At least we beat Vandy.

UT fields about 6 more teams then Vanderbilt in these reports. If you want to compare the 3 sports that really matter to most fans, Mens B-Ball, basketball and football, then the score would be 118-0, Vanderbilt.

Ouch, times they are a changin'

vol49 writes:

I like tacos. Makes about as much sense as some of the garbage I see on this comment board. Go Vols!

ReeseHallRelic writes:

Referring to yourself as an "ActualUTAlum" is beneath even you, Geno. At least use your true name.

No, I'm not about to hit "reply" to your contemptible comment. No way I'm going to give you the satisfaction of seeing your whole diatribe copied and copied and copied again. Suffice it to say that it ranks right up there with the most despicable personal attacks I've seen here.

But, since your comment is most definitely off topic, defamatory, and abusive, I'll be happy to hit "suggest removal", as you requested. It's a fitting VOL thing to do.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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St. Peter: "Welcome to the gates, how did you spend your life?"
9: "Oh you know, I went on other teams message boards, created a dbag profile, and basically attempted to agitate people."
St. Peter: "Wow. That is really pathetic. You have some trouble ahead."

Go Vols
Rise to the Top

bUTch_please writes:

Yup, I'm on the big whoop bandwagon with the Dr.

64 days.

Go Team #117!

antonio14313 writes:

in response to shiftb:

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sure, yeah, right, whatever you say. lol.

t

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

UT fields about 6 more teams then Vanderbilt in these reports. If you want to compare the 3 sports that really matter to most fans, Mens B-Ball, basketball and football, then the score would be 118-0, Vanderbilt.

Ouch, times they are a changin'

Serious question for CommodoreWestEnd:
Do you know if franklin is still crying himself to sleep at night over J Hurd? I'm worried about the guy. Last I heard, he had players stabbing each other, and was trying to recruit unborn children.... troubling.

VolzsFan writes:

The current AD had nothing to do with this mess.

The slip is evident as Hamilton's influence took hold. When you have the greatest football, basketball, baseball and one of the best track coaches on campus and on the job at the same time and you fire or mismanage them, this is what you get.

For those that thinks Hammy did some magical fundraising, the only increase on the revenue line comes from the conference TV deal. Nothing to do with Hammy. The raising of the funds for the facilities (which is outside the operating budget for some reason at most schools) was put in place under Dickey and was not from Hammy.

Enjoying the change yet? LOL

This year might be an all time low in football. 4-8 type of season coming our way.

GoVols025 writes:

in response to shiftb:

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This kid never misses an opportunity to say something negative about our Vols. And he calls himself a Vol fan?

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to shiftb:

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shiftb, (or anyone who sides with him)

We're willing to listen to and discuss what you have to say, if you will do it without ranting, name calling or belittling anyone, us or Hart and Cheeks.

This article is the place to do it as it will be on topic.

There's a lot of us on here who just don't see where you're coming from. The main reason is that it seems all you do is rant and call us names, (sad to say it's human nature and we return the favor). Just because you call them "Bama Dave" and "Gator Cheeks" and the 'authors of all the losing' who are 'out to destroy UT sports' does not make it so.

After all, Nick Saban's Alma Mater is Kent State, and before LSU he had 1 year at Toledo (Toledo?!) and 5 yrs at Michigan St. and lost all 3 bowls he coached. LSU fans could've hollered, "No SEC experience! .. Can't win a bowl". Bama fans could've been hollerin' "he ain't from Alabama"; and CNS on arriving at Bama was .627 through 6 years, while CBJ is .649 in 5 years arriving at UT.

Neither Hart nor Cheeks coach any Volunteer team nor are they calling plays on game day.

So please, concisely describe how you believe Hart and Cheeks have negatively affected Volunteer sports and the school. Just posting each teams W/L records and hollerin' 'that sez it all' don't get it. That's only emotion, not defining any causation.

Maybe make lists for each. You could use a word processor, take as long as you want to research. Use only VERIFIABLE facts to make your case. Provide links to referenced quotes. Be concise and edit for clarity. Cover as many issues for each as you wish. Maybe one post for Cheek and another for Hart as there is a word limit per post here on GVX.

If you aren't willing to be nice and discuss, provide verifiable facts, sometimes with links to facts; then how do you expect us to take you seriously, or have any respect for positions you take with only rants and raves and name calling?

We want to talk UT sports with other fans, not fight about it.

linebam writes:

To Olddogsrule: That is perhaps the best post regarding trolling that I've ever read. It'll never happen, of course, but I would love to engage in such a logical and well thought out discussion as you describe.

vol98champ writes:

in response to Olddogsrule:

shiftb, (or anyone who sides with him)

We're willing to listen to and discuss what you have to say, if you will do it without ranting, name calling or belittling anyone, us or Hart and Cheeks.

This article is the place to do it as it will be on topic.

There's a lot of us on here who just don't see where you're coming from. The main reason is that it seems all you do is rant and call us names, (sad to say it's human nature and we return the favor). Just because you call them "Bama Dave" and "Gator Cheeks" and the 'authors of all the losing' who are 'out to destroy UT sports' does not make it so.

After all, Nick Saban's Alma Mater is Kent State, and before LSU he had 1 year at Toledo (Toledo?!) and 5 yrs at Michigan St. and lost all 3 bowls he coached. LSU fans could've hollered, "No SEC experience! .. Can't win a bowl". Bama fans could've been hollerin' "he ain't from Alabama"; and CNS on arriving at Bama was .627 through 6 years, while CBJ is .649 in 5 years arriving at UT.

Neither Hart nor Cheeks coach any Volunteer team nor are they calling plays on game day.

So please, concisely describe how you believe Hart and Cheeks have negatively affected Volunteer sports and the school. Just posting each teams W/L records and hollerin' 'that sez it all' don't get it. That's only emotion, not defining any causation.

Maybe make lists for each. You could use a word processor, take as long as you want to research. Use only VERIFIABLE facts to make your case. Provide links to referenced quotes. Be concise and edit for clarity. Cover as many issues for each as you wish. Maybe one post for Cheek and another for Hart as there is a word limit per post here on GVX.

If you aren't willing to be nice and discuss, provide verifiable facts, sometimes with links to facts; then how do you expect us to take you seriously, or have any respect for positions you take with only rants and raves and name calling?

We want to talk UT sports with other fans, not fight about it.

Thank God for Olddogs. I don't know who these misfits are who spew anti UT trash, but if they are UT fans they do far more harm than good. If they are dores, gators, or elephants, they ought to get a life and worry about their future.

GerryOP writes:

in response to linebam:

To Olddogsrule: That is perhaps the best post regarding trolling that I've ever read. It'll never happen, of course, but I would love to engage in such a logical and well thought out discussion as you describe.

I second that motion!

CrankE writes:

in response to volnbig11land:

whooppssssss, guess I spoke too soon. The headlines have stopped just yet.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/28/...

What say ye 9er, zz, et all??????

And where is the coverage of this on GVX?

If this were a former UT player, GVX would post 8 stories a day on it.

KnoxNewzPravda only lives to feed the trollz.

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to Olddogsrule:

shiftb, (or anyone who sides with him)

We're willing to listen to and discuss what you have to say, if you will do it without ranting, name calling or belittling anyone, us or Hart and Cheeks.

This article is the place to do it as it will be on topic.

There's a lot of us on here who just don't see where you're coming from. The main reason is that it seems all you do is rant and call us names, (sad to say it's human nature and we return the favor). Just because you call them "Bama Dave" and "Gator Cheeks" and the 'authors of all the losing' who are 'out to destroy UT sports' does not make it so.

After all, Nick Saban's Alma Mater is Kent State, and before LSU he had 1 year at Toledo (Toledo?!) and 5 yrs at Michigan St. and lost all 3 bowls he coached. LSU fans could've hollered, "No SEC experience! .. Can't win a bowl". Bama fans could've been hollerin' "he ain't from Alabama"; and CNS on arriving at Bama was .627 through 6 years, while CBJ is .649 in 5 years arriving at UT.

Neither Hart nor Cheeks coach any Volunteer team nor are they calling plays on game day.

So please, concisely describe how you believe Hart and Cheeks have negatively affected Volunteer sports and the school. Just posting each teams W/L records and hollerin' 'that sez it all' don't get it. That's only emotion, not defining any causation.

Maybe make lists for each. You could use a word processor, take as long as you want to research. Use only VERIFIABLE facts to make your case. Provide links to referenced quotes. Be concise and edit for clarity. Cover as many issues for each as you wish. Maybe one post for Cheek and another for Hart as there is a word limit per post here on GVX.

If you aren't willing to be nice and discuss, provide verifiable facts, sometimes with links to facts; then how do you expect us to take you seriously, or have any respect for positions you take with only rants and raves and name calling?

We want to talk UT sports with other fans, not fight about it.

One minor nitpick - CNS had the stop at LSU before Bama.

I expect Toddy to come back and say that Hart kept Dooley after the UK game in 2011. When it comes to multi-million dollar decisions like that, the people who write the checks with all of the 0's at the end of it make those decisions.

ReeseHallRelic writes:

in response to GerryOP:

I second that motion!

Third, but you know his respomse: "Facts? Facts? I don't need no stinkin' facts." But he'll misattribute the quote to Jeffy.....

CroKev writes:

in response to Tennball:

Football is only one sport and it does not outweigh all others as you may think. Overall, the Tide had a pretty down year.

I beg to differ sir. Football outweighs every other sport combined... ;-)

CommodoreCapital writes:

in response to NashvillePreds:

Serious question for CommodoreWestEnd:
Do you know if franklin is still crying himself to sleep at night over J Hurd? I'm worried about the guy. Last I heard, he had players stabbing each other, and was trying to recruit unborn children.... troubling.

Do we really need to talk about behavioral issues amongst teams? Sure Franklin would like to have had Hurd but Kimbrow and Wesley Tate (2 local TN boys) will fill in just fine. Signing day is still many months away and another 4-8 season could sway some recruits to another team.

antonio14313 writes:

in response to Olddogsrule:

shiftb, (or anyone who sides with him)

We're willing to listen to and discuss what you have to say, if you will do it without ranting, name calling or belittling anyone, us or Hart and Cheeks.

This article is the place to do it as it will be on topic.

There's a lot of us on here who just don't see where you're coming from. The main reason is that it seems all you do is rant and call us names, (sad to say it's human nature and we return the favor). Just because you call them "Bama Dave" and "Gator Cheeks" and the 'authors of all the losing' who are 'out to destroy UT sports' does not make it so.

After all, Nick Saban's Alma Mater is Kent State, and before LSU he had 1 year at Toledo (Toledo?!) and 5 yrs at Michigan St. and lost all 3 bowls he coached. LSU fans could've hollered, "No SEC experience! .. Can't win a bowl". Bama fans could've been hollerin' "he ain't from Alabama"; and CNS on arriving at Bama was .627 through 6 years, while CBJ is .649 in 5 years arriving at UT.

Neither Hart nor Cheeks coach any Volunteer team nor are they calling plays on game day.

So please, concisely describe how you believe Hart and Cheeks have negatively affected Volunteer sports and the school. Just posting each teams W/L records and hollerin' 'that sez it all' don't get it. That's only emotion, not defining any causation.

Maybe make lists for each. You could use a word processor, take as long as you want to research. Use only VERIFIABLE facts to make your case. Provide links to referenced quotes. Be concise and edit for clarity. Cover as many issues for each as you wish. Maybe one post for Cheek and another for Hart as there is a word limit per post here on GVX.

If you aren't willing to be nice and discuss, provide verifiable facts, sometimes with links to facts; then how do you expect us to take you seriously, or have any respect for positions you take with only rants and raves and name calling?

We want to talk UT sports with other fans, not fight about it.

FANTASTIC post! sounds like me. great minds, ya say? ;)

but, it's too bad that the ones that you just "called out" won't be able to have a logical conversation (at least, not on here!). i like banter as well (and maybe that's why i confront them as much as i do, in HOPES that they'll say ANYTHING of substance, but, unfortunately, they don't).

so far, i only hear crickets (which could be a GREAT thing!)...

go vols.

t

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

Do we really need to talk about behavioral issues amongst teams? Sure Franklin would like to have had Hurd but Kimbrow and Wesley Tate (2 local TN boys) will fill in just fine. Signing day is still many months away and another 4-8 season could sway some recruits to another team.

How many coaches wives have signed on in the past couple of months? I know that is his #2 target, after the unborn children.

Chartervol writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

UT fields about 6 more teams then Vanderbilt in these reports. If you want to compare the 3 sports that really matter to most fans, Mens B-Ball, basketball and football, then the score would be 118-0, Vanderbilt.

Ouch, times they are a changin'

You need to figure out the difference between then and than or STFU.

underthehill writes:

in response to Ed_Fullerton_Shined:

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Facts ain't always well received by those who don't know the difference..I read the court filings on the Jennings case and if anyone has not then they are not qualified to comment on the kind of AD bama Dave is..as for Sunseri..the evidence suggests to me he was forced on Dooley by Hart and this move resulted in Saban getting Thompson back from UT and getting rid of Sunseri..and lastly..with the resume' Hart had..why was he even considered for the job of AD at UT..

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to JohnMajorsWhiskeyBottle:

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good grief jeffy. you have 2 new user names created on the same day

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to Ed_Fullerton_Shined:

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Dooley obsessed Jeffy or whoever you are. Amazing how you claim to be a Vol fan but often pick user names that picture bad games the Vols were involved in. pot stirring KNS employee

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