Stanford has the best all-around college sports program in the country, and has had it for quite some time.
No surprise there.
Locally, it may surprise some folks that BYU has the 11th strongest athletics program in the country — at least through the first half of the 2013-14 school year.
The final fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings are out, with football having been completed on Monday when Florida State knocked off Auburn in the BCS National Championship game.
Thanks to strong showings in women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's cross country, the Cougars racked up 265 points. Stanford has 461.25 points, well ahead of second-place Michigan State, which has 382.50 after picking up 85 points for what the Directors' Cup organizers are calling a third-place finish in football. The Spartans defeated the Cardinal in the Rose Bowl.<