With the collegiate athletic calendar wrapping up yesterday (congrats, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on your College World Series title), the 2015-16 NACDA Directors' Cup standings officially concluded.
After a record-setting year, the Syracuse Orange finished with 853 points, good for 21st in the overall standings and fourth in the ACC. It's the highest mark SU has ever received, as 2015-16 lapped previous highs across the board.
In total, 15 out of 20 Syracuse teams appeared at nationals in their sport (another record), with field hockey and men's cross country taking home national championships. Men's and women's basketball, women's lacrosse and men's soccer also appeared in their sports' respective Final Fours, in case you forgot.
Mark Coyle would have a quote here, but well... he's elsewhere now. For what it's worth, his "special place" finished three spots ahead of us, in 18th. Someone's probably giving him credit for that somewhere.
Stanford, of course, took home the Directors' Cup yet again. The Pac-12 had the most schools in the top 10 with four (thanks, water polo...). North Carolina (seventh) and Virginia (eighth) led the way for the ACC, followed by Notre Dame at 17th, then SU.
Congrats, Orange sports! And welcome to the 2016-17 athletic season everyone. Hope spring eternal, even for football, on this day.