Results for the annual Learfield Directors’ Cup were released Thursday morning, with UNC finishing fifth.
The award measures NCAA postseason competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men’s and 10 women’s athletic programs per school.
UNC–which was the highest-ranked ACC university in the final standings–accumulated 1,154 points this past year.
Of UNC’s 28 sports programs, 25 advanced to NCAA Championship competition this season.
The men’s basketball team led the charge by earning 100 points for its national title run, while field hockey and men’s tennis picked up 90 points since each of those teams were the national runner-up.
It’s the 18th time in the 24-year history of the Directors’ Cup that the Tar Heels have finished ahead of the rest of the ACC–and the 20th time the school has ended up among the top 10 nationally.
Stanford (1,563 points) was the overall winner of the award, with Ohio State, Florida and Southern California representing the four schools finishing ahead of the Tar Heels.