Tide Has Strong Athletics Program

In a year that saw the Alabama athletics department win two national team titles and place seven teams in the top-12 nationally, the Crimson Tide men finished sixth in the Capital One Cup while the combined men's and women's program finished 26th in the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division I standings. Both rankings were released Thursday.

In the Capital One Cup, Alabama's men - paced by national championships in football and men's golf -scored 80 points overall, finishing just two points behind fifth-place Duke. UCLA won the men's Cup with 92 points while North Carolina won the women's side with 140 points. Alabama finished 36th in the Women's Capital One Cup. The Capital One Cup only counts top-10 national finishes and uses a tiered points system.

In the Learfield Sports Director's Cup, Alabama scored 740.50 points overall, including 100 points each for its national champion football and men's golf teams. The Tide was 51st in the Directors' Cup after the winter sports were tallied, but used another strong spring - which included the men's golf title as well as top-10 finishes by the women's golf, women's tennis and softball teams and an 11th place finish by the men's track and field team – to jump 25 places in the final standings.

In the Directors' Cup, 20 total teams, 10 men and 10 women, can be scored for the finals standings. Alabama has 21 sports, nine men and 12 women. By way of comparison, Stanford, winner of the last 19 Directors' Cups, has 37 sports.

In both rankings, Alabama was paced by its gymnastics team - which posted its fifth top-three finish in a row this season – in the winter, and its football team - winner of three BCS National Championships in the last four years - in the fall.

The Tide was one of seven Southeastern Conference teams to finish in the top 30 in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, less than 10 points out of 25th place. In the Men's Capital One Cup, Alabama was one of three SEC teams to finish in the top 10.

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