Pitt finished the 2018-19 athletics season 137th in the country in the NACDA Learfield IMG College Cup standings, a ranking of every Division I athletic department based on cumulative success.
That was the worst finish for the Panthers in at least 15 years and a big drop from their No. 111 finish in 2017-18.
But 2019-20 seems primed for a big rebound. After the official close of the fall sports seasons with the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday, Pitt is currently ranked 38th.
They also rose from 14th out of 15 in the ACC last year to 11th thus far this season.
Pitt received 45 points from its bowl-eligible football team, 50 points from the men’s soccer team’ and women’s volleyball team’s appearances in the NCAA Tournament. That gave Pitt 145 total point from six fall sports. Pitt’s cross country teams and women’s soccer team did not score any points. Pitt does not sponsor women’s field hockey or men’s water polo, which are the other two fall sports counted by the Director’s Cup.
Last fall, Pitt had 75 points from football and volleyball and was No. 85 through the end of the fall sports season. Pitt added 39.5 points from wrestling and no points from any spring sport for a total of 114.5 points.
So the Panthers are already 31.5 points ahead of their last season’s total just one-third of the way through the NCAA calendar.
• Duquesne and Robert Morris were not among the 157 Division I institutions that scored at least one point this fall.
Robert Morris finished tied for 217th in the country last year with 55 points, which was fifth in the Northeast conference. The Dukes finished tied for 219th with 53 points, seventh in the Atlantic 10 conference.