In what turned out to be a tumultuous year for the Tennessee athletics department, the Vols finished 35th overall in the NCAA’s Learfield Directors’ Cup. The competition averages out results over all sports and ranks schools from top to bottom.
The overall 2017-18 winner was the Stanford Cardinal.
Tennessee was ranked 11th out of 14 schools in the SEC. Florida took the top spot in the conference, checking in at 3rd overall. Georgia and Texas A&M joined the Gators in the top ten. Only Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt were ranked behind Tennessee.
During the spring, the Vols scored the most points in Softball, followed by Men’s Golf and Men’s Track and Field.
Tennessee actually did see improvement in the 2017-18 season, jumping up 11 spots from their 2016-17 finish. Potential improvements from the football program and baseball program — each of which contributed no points to the LDC cause — will go a a long way towards moving the Vols up this list in the coming seasons.