The Big East is predicated on [Men's] Basketball, but the conference's athletic achievements in all sports increase the schools' visibility and prestige. This prestige leads to "All-Sport" deals like the 2-year sponsorship with New York Life.
In a release last week, the National Associated of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the standings for the Director's Cup following the Fall Season.
[The] Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
Thanks to the performances of the Men and Women's Cross Country teams (who finished 18th and 19th respectively at the NCAA Championships), Villanova is ranked 54th nationally.
Representing the Big East, Georgetown is currently ranked the highest at #18. Additionally ,Providence (20), Marquette (39), Butler (55), St John's (58), Creighton (79), and DePaul (148) have all scored points.
Stanford who earned points in every sport except Women's Field Hockey for the Fall Season is in first place. Michigan St., Florida St., North Carolina, and Virginia round out the Top 5.
Since the 1993-94, the Wildcats' best performance came in 1995 when they finished 40th. That season 'Nova received points in Men's & Women's Indoor Track Indoor Track, Men's & Women's Swimming, and Men's & Women's Cross Country
Villanova's Hiatorical Final Standings