Tuesday, June 30, 2009

KU falls to No. 72 in NACDA rankings


Among Big 12 Conference schools, Kansas and Kansas State brought up the rear in NACDA Director’s Cup standings that are used to measure overall athletic success.

Kansas ranked No. 72 nationally and Kansas State No. 77 in the annual listing and were 11th and 12th, respectively, among Big 12 schools.

Texas led the Big 12 at No. 6, followed by Texas A&M; (13), Oklahoma (29), Nebraska (31), Baylor (33), Oklahoma State (35), Missouri (36), Texas Tech (57), Iowa State (58), Colorado (60), Kansas (72) and Kansas State (77).

KU’s finish in the rankings compiled by the nation’s athletic directors is its lowest since the Jayhawks sank to No. 103 in 2003.

Kansas was 54th last year.


TheHawksAreOut 10 years, 11 months ago

Bitter disappointment.

Didn't Lew just win like Sports Leader of the Year? Keep earnin' that bonus.

Blame it on the women's teams though. Football, baseball and men's b ball did their part.

Bryan Summers 10 years, 11 months ago

New coaches and great recruits; the women's teams are coming around.

knightmare34 10 years, 11 months ago

I never like to see a low ranking by any standards, but I don't put much stock in this. While I cheer for all Jayhawk teams, I'm like just about every collegiate sports fan in the country in that I care most about basketball and football. How many schools are nationally ranked in both, with a recent national title (and a good chance at another)? Throw in a good run by the baseball team, and I'd say KU is in pretty good company. I can't name a single school I'd rather support, let alone 71.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 11 months ago

KU has teams competing in less than half of the sports that are scored for the cup, so it isn't a stretch to imagine their total pts being lower. That is a result of the work of the AD/program a couple decades ago. Lew has us on the path to financial viability again. It starts with fielding a quality FB team and filling a stadium with as many supporters as possible as often as possible.

We've had one year of sold out games in a small stadium. These rankings will improve as the small stadium is filled consistently, expanded and filled some more. Then there will be revenue to invest in the other sports, and the success wil follow there as well.

In the meantime, let's focus on winning what we do compete in, and try to at least not be demeaning towards sports/athletes that aren't as successful.

Eurekahwk 10 years, 11 months ago

We made the Sweet Sixteen in a year where we replaced the entire starting lineup coming off a National Title. We went to bowl game where we stomped a Big Ten school and won 8 games. Seems like an alright year to me. Afterall, THOSE are the two teams that foot the bill for the rest of those non-revenue sports to have their little games. This thing is a JOKE. We were in the 50s in a year where we brought home a National Title and a Orange Bowl victory. Those two things along brought in greater royalties numbers than any other school.

hs_reader 10 years, 11 months ago

"Lew has us on the path to financial viability again." You will sure be saying that when you see the concession prices this fall. If financial viability means going with a company, that while making KU more money, will cause everyone to complain.

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 11 months ago

we're behind Yale....barely ahead of Harvard...but 20 spots ahead of Pittsburgh. among the top 10 are Stanford, UNC, Florida, Michigan and Texas. So what does this really mean? absolutely nothing.

we'll never have the budget of those top 10 schools.....but with our womens teams being so poor, we'll have a very hard time being in the top 50....let alone the top 25.

we should enjoy our mens basketball team and our growing successful football team...our baseball team will be pretty good next year. Let's just get our womens teams to improve....and we'll be OK.

Kansas just isn't built to be a complete, competing for championships year in and year out athletic program. it is what it is....enjoy the success it exhibits.

Joe Baker 10 years, 11 months ago

What bothers me is impressionable high school athletes may weigh this kind of "ranking" when making their decision. They must look purely at which school will give them a great education (KU), give them exposure (KU) and ultimately has the best chance of winning a NC (KU). These "rankings" are like other crappy data that really means little in the big scheme of things.
But, some AD or head coach can say, "We rank in the top 10 or 20 of the NACDA rankings." If that athlete is really smart, they'll say, "Big Deal"! Will you win a NC???


Brandon Snook 10 years, 11 months ago

This ranking system is very flawed. Hopefully this is the last time we talk about this ranking until this time next year. In my opinion, though, we can just never talk about it again.

suttonku 10 years, 11 months ago

who cares about these rankings? honestly its the sports that no one cares about like rowing and softball...KU will be strong in basketball both mens and womens, football, and baseball should be pretty strong next year...those are the sports I care about so these rankings mean nothing to me at all

Fred Davis 10 years, 11 months ago

The only rankings Lew cares about are the Final AP, BCS and Coach's Polls... Go get 'em Lew.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 11 months ago

This is horrible news!!! All you ping-pong, badminton, & crochet players better strap it on and pick up the slack! We are all very disappointed in this report. How can the University of Kansas be recognized nationally as a sports powerhouse when you guys can't do your part? Do you need lower nets? Larger metal hoops? What is it? Maybe Cole could become a two sport athlete? He'd be awesome at the net in partner badminton....

FlaHawk 10 years, 11 months ago

KU is very poor in the minor evenue sports and does not offer teams in many of these venues.

While it is nice to not be in the dog house, KU will never catch up to ISU adn TTech the next weak sisters until they improve the WOman's team and become more competitive in all minor sports. Each sport is equally rated in this compilation so football scores just like badmiton (sic) in these results.

It will take Lew another 5 years at least to build up revenue sports to where they can increase funding for minor sports and even add teams in some areas.

Remember you get a zero if you don;t have a badmiton team and could probable get in to the double digits just by offerring a sanctioned sport. Then double this if youi have a men's team (don;t get me started on equality.

The sad thing is that KU should rank in middle of the Big XII and does not even come close.

This article would be much more interesting if the LJW staff would explore why KU ranks so dismally rather than just paste a wire storyo n this site.

Jason Spangler 10 years, 11 months ago

We're fine in football and basketball. Who really cares about anything else?

billrogg 10 years, 11 months ago

Add wrestling. Our state has produced multiple div 1 wrestlers, but they have to go to other big 12 schools as we dont have it. Not a costly sport and enjoys a strong following in the state.

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