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Oklahoma leads as Big 12's best program

Oklahoma leads the Big 12 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, a yearly competition between the entire athletic programs of universities across the country.

The Sooners rank eighth overall with 431.75 points in the competition, which has been won by Stanford every year since 1995, the second year of the competition's existence. The Cardinal finished second behind North Carolina in 1993-94, the first year of the cup.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is a national system that incorporates the top 10 women's and men's sports teams from each university and distributes points based on their finishes.

Last year, Texas A&M finished sixth overall, the highest placement of any team in the Big 12. Four teams (A&M, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska) from the league placed in the top 20 overall in 2009-10. The Aggies scored more than 1070 points to reach that finish, so as you can see, there's a lot of sports to be played in a lot of places between now and June.

Here's where the standings sit midway through the competition. The final standings are released on June 30, shortly after baseball season concludes.

(National ranking precedes team)

  • 8. Oklahoma - 431.75

  • 13. Texas - 395.00

  • 14. Oklahoma State - 391.50

  • 20. Texas A&M - 335.50

  • 26. Nebraska - 294.00

  • 31. Missouri - 270.50

  • 45. Colorado - 231.00

  • 51. Texas Tech - 205.00

  • 53. Iowa State - 186.50

  • 64. Baylor - 150.25

  • 78. Kansas State - 131.50

  • 103. Kansas - 86.50

These rankings were last cited during the realignment saga over the summer, and give a pretty good representation of an athletic program's current state across the board.