The most popular sports at the University of South Florida may have struggled during the past season, but the Bulls were still the finest sports program in the American Athletic Conference this year.
With eight programs making the NCAA post-season, the Bulls won the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup by finishing atop the AAC standings with 257.75 points. USF ranked 73rd overall, but edged UConn by one point to win their conference. The finish was the highest in 15 years and the second highest in history for USF.
USF also ranked ahead of bigger programs such as Wake Forest, Kansas State, Pitt, Rutgers and Washington State.
“You can feel the momentum building in USF athletics and everyone involved believes there is no limit,” said athletic director Mark Harlan.