Choosing Stanford probably isn't best example as they were #7 in FB and went 26-11 in hoops this year. Stanford plays water polo because there is good support for water polo in California with lots of schools there playing it (personally, I don't think water polo should be NCAA sport as it isn't a national event but that's not the question here).
You say it's a measure of spending. Well, that's true of each individual sport so why would you expect it to change when evaluating an entire athletic dept?
End of the day, why shouldn't you get same number of points for winning a recognised NCAA title? IIRC they scale subsequent points on number of participating schools so it seems like a reasonable compromise to me.
Originally Posted by just2selltickets
How can you really tell? The Director's Cup is the most screwed up, illogical measure of an athletics program there could be. If we threw money into sports that nobody else participated in, like some schools (Stanford) do, we could be the worst of the bunch, still get some points, and climb in the rankings.
Look at Stanford. They pull 100 points for women's water polo? The same as Florida for men's T&F, as the national champion?
The Director's Cup is a measure of athletics spending, more than anything else. It is not weighted properly to truly award the best overall program. A national championship in a sport that only fields 40 teams should only give 40 points to the winner. A national championship in a sport that fields 250 teams should award 250 points.
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