How'd the ACC fare in its entirety in the Athletic Director's Cup? Here it is from Jim Young of the ACC Sports Journal (link embedded).
No. 8 UNC
No. 11 FSU
No. 12 Duke
No. 20 Virginia
No. 34 N.C. State
No. 36 Virginia Tech
No. 44 Maryland
No. 52 Clemson
No. 71 Miami
No. 74 Georgia Tech
No. 76 BC
No. 98 Wake Forest
I’ll have some more notes up on this in a bit, but man, it’s a tough time to be a Wake fan …
What about the soon-to-be members?
No. 9 Notre Dame
No. 38 Louisville
No. 39 Syracuse
No. 109 Pitt
Wow, Pitt … umm … wow. Good news for Wake, I suppose.
And in review: Disclaimer - this find came from Scout (link embedded).
In review of the final 2013 Athletics Director's Cup Standings...
It's official. With a ranking of 98, Wake Forest has set a record for the worst performance ever by an ACC school in the history of the competition (embedded cite for latest finish here, embedded cite for comparison to past ACC performances here).
The previous low of 97 was set by Georgia Tech in 1995.
Wake has not performed well in the Director's Cup competition under the leadership of Athletic Director Ron Wellman. In his 20 years as Athletic Director, Wake Forest has never finished in the upper third of the ACC in the Director's Cup standings and five of those years Wake had the lowest ranking of any ACC team.
Only three times in that 20 years has Wake even finished in the upper half of the ACC standings.
But in recent years, Wake Forest's already poor performance in the Director's Cup has gone from bad to worse to worst. Four years ago Wake was in the bottom third of the conference with a rank of 53. Three years ago Wake was last in the conference with a rank of 74. The last two years Wake has also been last in the conference with a ranking of 92 in 2012 & now 98 in 2013.
Congratulations to Ron Wellman and Nathan Hatch, as well as the Board of Trustees and other enablers who are responsible for this new standard of "historical competitiveness" at LOWF.
In MLB they talk about the Mendoza Line. We've now reached "The Bzdelik Zone"!
And a trio of corollaries, (1) the Athletic Director's Cup Standings aren't determined by how many sports a school participates in (it's as much about [and tends to be more about] it's about how successful you are at the sports in which you do participate), (2) we didn't get shunted into worst-place ever in the history of the ACC simply because we're a private school because if that were the case we probably would've reached this nadir sooner since the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of Athletics (NACADA) started producing A.D. Cup Rankings in 1993, and (3) we aren't being shunted into this sad state writ large because we're a private school, because private schools took home almost half of the 97 spots ahead of Ron Wellman's latest embarrassing performance (see below).
Add-on the fact that our $1.5 billion endowment is as fat as or fatter than over two-thirds (2/3) of the ACC (cite embedded here (endowments), and here (athletic department budgets FY 2012 (no ACC private schools - Boston College, Duke, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest - reported their budgets [addendum: this came from the Department of Education]) - (1) Boston College has an endowment of $1.6 billion, (2) Clemson has an endowment of $483 million and last year tallied an estimated $67 million in sports-related expenses, (3) Florida State has an endowment of $525 million and last year tallied an estimated $90 million in sports-related expenses, (4) NC State has an endowment of $636 million and last year tallied an estimated $56 million in sports-related expenses, (5) Syracuse has an endowment of $940 million, (6) Duke has an endowment of $5.6 billion, (7) Georgia Tech has an endowment of $1.6 billion and last year tallied an estimated $61 million in sports-related expenses, (8) Miami has an endowment of $679 million, (9) North Carolina has an endowment of $2.1 billion and last year tallied an estimated $82 million in sports-related expenses, (10) Virginia has an endowment of $4.8 billion and last year tallied an estimated $75 million in sports-related expenses, (11) Pittsburgh has an endowment of $2.6 billion, (12) Virginia Tech has an endowment of $627 million and last year tallied an estimated $67 million in sports-related expenses, (13) Notre Dame has an endowment of $6.3 billion, (14) Louisville has an endowment of $720 million and last year tallied an estimated $84 million in sports-related expenses, and (15) Maryland has an endowment of $812 million and last year tallied an estimated $68 million in sports-related expenses.).
In short, our endowment is essentially tied for 5th-largest in the Atlantic Coast Conference/is essentially as as big as or simply bigger than 10 of the 15 current and incoming ACC schools (Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, NC State, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech, Louisville, and Maryland). Even though most smart estimates peg our Athletics Budget as ranking in the bottom 1/3 of the ACC, we've had meaningful comparative advantages over 50% of the ACC re (1) having (had) an established brand in several sports (speaking to men's basketball, field hockey, golf, soccer, tennis, track, and baseball), (2) being located in a recruiting hotbed state and region (especially for basketball, but we can't capitalize on this as long as Jeff Bzdelik's our coach because he's got neither the ability to recruit elite national prospects nor possesses any meaningful professional or social relationships with high school talent pipelines in North Carolina, the South, or the Gulf States), and (3) being located in a state where significantly more attention/money is devoted to collegiate rather than professional sports.
And in addition to the ignominy of setting a record for the worst Athletic Director Cup performance in the history of the ACC, even though we're a private school (mitigating factor but more often, especially as we've reached the Bzdelik Zone, an overexploited excuse for unforgivable failure), in the course of this latest A.D. Cup finish Ron Wellman finished behind 30 (thirty!) other private school athletic directors. They are: No. 1 Stanford (PAC 12), No. 9 Notre Dame (ACC), No. 12 Duke (ACC), No. 14 Southern Cal (PAC 12), No. 35 Princeton (Ivy League, hello Princeton), No. 39 Syracuse (ACC), No. 40 Northwestern (Big 12, hello Northwestern), No. 43 Brigham Young (Mountain West), No. 45 Baylor (Big 12), No. 46 Vanderbilt (SEC, hello Vandy), No. 50 TCU (Big 12), No. 54 Tulsa (Conference USA), No. 55 Denver (WAC), No. 57 Harvard (Ivy League, hello Tommy Amaker), No. 59 Cornell (Ivy League, hello Cornell), No. 62 Yale (Ivy League), No. 63 Georgetown (Big East/American Athletic Conference, hello Georgetown), No. 70 Dartmouth (Ivy League), No. 71 Miami (ACC), No. 75 Villanova (Big East/American Athletic Conference), No. 76 Boston College (ACC, hello BC), No. 78 SMU (Conference USA), No. 81 Columbia (Ivy League), No. 84 Creighton (Missouri Valley), No. 87 UNLV (Mountain West), No. 89 Marquette (Big East/American Athletic Conference), No. 90 Boston University (America East), No. 91 San Diego (West Coast), No. 92 Pepperdine (West Coast), and No. 97 Brown (Ivy League).
Just putting it into perspective. While there is a limited point to a qualifier like being a private school or not having Duke's resources, we've all come to know that these limited qualifiers have devolved into carte blanche LOWF excuses that have been conveniently deployed and overexploited as we continue to endure more inexcusable failure.
On the good side though, Josh Howard was on the David Glenn Show today (link embedded) and his happy memories of how much his most impactful coach (his words, not mine) Skip Prosser and Wake Forest meant to him serve as a reminder that if we get rid of Ron Wellman and Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest can reach its modern customary standard of consistent competitive success once again.