? Only Texas, Nebraska had better seasons in conference

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For the sixth straight year, Oklahoma finished among the top 25 in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. The Sooners finished No. 24 in the annual competition, which was won by Stanford for the 11th straight year.?

Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and the United States Sports Academy, the Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes the institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program.

With 571.25 points, OU was third among Big 12 schools, trailing No. 2 Texas and No. 21 Nebraska. Other Big 12 schools included Baylor at No. 25, Texas A--M No. 26, Missouri No. 41, Oklahoma State No. 44, Colorado No. 45, Texas Tech No. 56, Iowa State No. 60, Kansas No. 61 and Kansas State No. 77.

OU, the only school from the Sooner State ever to crack the top 20 in the Cup standings, sent entire teams or representatives to postseason play in 17 of 20 sports in the recently completed academic year. Six Sooner programs were ranked among the top 25.

"The scoring values with regard to certain sports, such as men's and women's gymnastics, changed somewhat this year. It made it a little more challenging to rise in the rankings, but I am still proud that we finished among the top 25 programs in the country," OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said. "We won a national championship in men's gymnastics, played for another in football and finished third in wrestling, while winning Big 12 championships in football and basketball. Sooner teams continue to compete at a high level.

"Our goals and standards are extraordinarily high so while we can be proud of much, we also can point to our commitment to continuous improvement and the pursuit of championships in the future."

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