So on Monday the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced its winners in the race for the Director's Cup, the all-sports competition where strong finishes across all collegiate sports are converted into points and added up. Your winner (for the umpteenth year in a row) was Stanford, with Florida coming in third as the top-ranked SEC school.
Frankly, as much as you hear the Director's Cup trumpeted as some kind of fair measure of school-wide athletic accomplishment, it's a deeply flawed and well-nigh meaningless award that pretends that a sport like men's water polo, competed in by a tiny handful of exclusively left coast schools, is as important as multi-billion dollar cutthroat battle royale like football or men's basketball. Until NACDA devises a scoring system that weights the competitiveness and importance of each sport accordingly, the award is a trifle that schools and fans should best ignore, or take with the kind of grains of salt that ...
WOOOOOOOOO!!! Yeaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!! In your face, Tide! In. Your. Face. You can't handle it. You're not even close to handling it. You just take your balls of various sizes and shapes from all the various sports in which you failed like the giant pile of FAIL you are and go the hell home. WAR EAGLE, bitches.
(Seriously, if you looked at SEC-only Cup standings, Auburn finished sixth. Not bad, and serious congratulations to teams like men's swimming, men's track and field, etc. that helped Auburn reach that high. But there's still a lot of work to do--no reason Auburn ought to finish behind Tennessee or Arkansas.)