BOCA RATON – Earlier this week we argued that the 2017-18 athletic year was the best in FAU sports history.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics doesn’t appear to agree.
On Saturday NACDA announced Stanford as its winner of the Directors’ Cup, presented to the most successful athletic department of the year.
FAU ranked No. 165 out of 291 schools, well below the No. 79 the Owls finished in 2005-06.
Five Conference USA teams finished above FAU, led by Middle Tennessee at No. 94. FIU placed second highest among C-USA schools at 117. Old Dominion, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky all finished above FAU.
The Directors’ Cup standings place a premium on conference championships. Only football and softball won conference titles this past season for the Owls.
Baseball, however, came a few innings away from both a C-USA tournament title and the NCAA Gainesville regional title. And women’s tennis player Aliona Bolsova was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally by ITA.
Football led the way for FAU in 2017. In Lane Liffin’s first year as coach FAU won its first Conference USA championship and played in a bowl game for the first time since 2008. The Owls ended the season on a 10-game winning streak.