FSU had best year in ACC, Tech 12th

The Georgia Tech football team may find an Irish audience eager to witness the Yellow Jackets offense in person.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Georgia Tech football team provided a most memorable highlight in the 2014-15 academic year, winning 11 games, the ACC Coastal Division title and the Orange Bowl. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

From an all-sports perspective, it was a great year for Florida State, a very good one for North Carolina and, locally, not so good for Georgia Tech.

As an athletic department, the Seminoles had the most successful year in the ACC, according to tabulations run by the AJC. FSU won championships in football, softball and women’s soccer and had the top overall track teams (cross country, indoor and outdoor track).

North Carolina, which had five women’s teams win regular-season titles, finished narrowly behind Florida State. Tech was boosted by its conference champion golf team and runner-up football team but was 12th overall.

Teams were awarded points based on either regular-season finish (for sports with head-to-head tournament championships) or championship finish – 14 points for first place in a 14-team sport, 13 for second, etc. The total was then divided into the total possible number of points available for each school based on the sports for which it fields teams. (North Carolina is the only school to field teams in every sport in the ACC program.)

Track was counted as one sport, with cross country and indoor track weighted 25 percent and outdoor track 50 percent. The model follows the one used to determine the SEC’s all-sports champion. The ACC does not keep such records.

School Points Available Score
1. Florida State 157.5 204 0.772
2. UNC 197 259 0.761
3. Virginia 175 251 0.697
4. Notre Dame 155.5 232 0.67
5. Louisville 148.5 240 0.619
6. Duke 147 248 0.593
7. Clemson 112 202 0.554
8. Virginia Tech 113 219 0.516
9. Miami 90 190 0.474
10. N.C. State 98 222 0.441
11. Syracuse 72.5 170 0.426
12. Ga. Tech 75 179 0.419
13. Wake Forest 71.5 187 0.382
14. Pittsburgh 65.5 186 0.352
15. B.C. 70 248 0.282

 

Men’s sports

For Tech, its performance in track stands out (tied for 14th on the women’s side, 13th on the men’s side). The school has a rich history of producing NCAA champions and Olympians, but faces significant challenges with facilities – no cross-country course or indoor track – and also scholarship funding. Both the track and swimming programs do not operate at a fully-funded level, limiting the amount of aid they can offer in comparison to their competition.

The men’s basketball team also had a singularly frustrating season with its pile of last-minute losses in ACC play.

Florida State edged Louisville, in its first year of competition in the ACC. Had the Cardinals earned 1.5 more points , they would have had the top men’s program. FSU claimed championships in football and the overall track title.

 

School Soccer Football Fencing Wrestling Basketball Tennis Golf Lacrosse Swim Baseball Track Points Possible Score
1. Florida State 14 6 6.5 10 6 11.5 15 69 95 0.726
2. Louisville 7 10.5 12 8 6 11 14 8 76.5 107 0.715
3. Virginia 5 4.5 6 15 13 9 1 5 8 14 80.5 118 0.682
4. Notre Dame 12 4 13 6.5 2 5 8 11.5 6 68 102 0.667
5. UNC 10 8 1 2 11 9.5 8 4 9 6.5 12 81 122 0.664
6. Clemson 10 12 6 3 11 10 10 62 95 0.653
7. Va. Tech 4 4.5 4 1 12 7 10 6.5 13 62 113 0.549
8. Syracuse 10 1.5 8 3 11 33.5 61 0.549
9. Duke 6 10.5 3 3 14 9.5 3 2 4 2.5 9 66.5 122 0.545
10. N.C. State 3 4.5 1 9.5 5 4 12 9 7 55 113 0.487
11. Ga. Tech 13 2 4 12 7 5 3 46 95 0.484
12. Miami 4.5 9.5 2 1 13 4 34 83 0.41
13. W.F. 8 1.5 4 11 5 4 2 35.5 95 0.374
14. Pittsburgh 1 8 5 6 3 1 5 29 88 0.33
15. B.C. 2 8 2 3 1 1 2 2.5 1 22.5 111 0.203

 

Georgia Tech senior Ollie Schniederjans led the Yellow Jackets into the NCAA finals by tying for seventh at the San Diego regional. It was his ninth top-10 finish in 11 events this year. (GT Athletics/DANNY KARNIK)

Led by All-American Ollie Schniederjans, the Tech golf team won the school’s only ACC championship in 2014-15. (GT Athletics/DANNY KARNIK)

 

Women’s sports

Not a great, or even decent, year for Tech’s women’s teams. Only one out of six teams finished in the top half (the tennis team, in sixth) of the conference. Again, limitations in scholarships and/or facilities are obstacles for track and swimming. The other two women’s sports that Tech fields, were in rebuilding stages with a first-year coach (volleyball) or second-year coach (softball).

It was a pretty phenomenal year for North Carolina, whose women’s teams earned first or shared it in volleyball, soccer, lacrosse and tennis and were second in track.

School Volleyball Soccer Field hocky Fencing Swimming Rowing Golf Lacrosse Softball Tennis Basketball Track Points Possible Score
1. UNC 15 13.5 6.5 2 12 2 8 8 10 15 10 14 116 137 0.847
2. FSU 14 13.5 7 8 11 6 14 15 88.5 109 0.812
3. Virginia 9.5 12 6.5 13 9 11 5 1 12.5 6 9 94.5 133 0.711
4. N.D. 2 11 4 8 8 6 3.5 9 9 15 12 87.5 130 0.673
5. Duke 12.5 8 1.5 3 4 3 10 6.5 12.5 11.5 8 80.5 126 0.639
6. Louisville 8 6.5 4 10 6 5 2 8 3 13 6.5 72 133 0.541
7. Miami 12.5 3.5 5 1 2 14 8 10 56 107 0.523
8. Va. Tech 9.5 9 11 1 5 7.5 1.5 6.5 51 106 0.481
9. Clemson 5.5 10 1 5 3 11 1.5 13 50 107 0.467
10. NCSU 3 1 9 4 7 2 6 11 43 109 0.394
11. W.F. 5.5 6.5 4 8 5 3 4 36 92 0.391
12. Pitt 11 2 6 6 1 9 1.5 36.5 98 0.372
13. Syracuse 1 3.5 1.5 7 3.5 2 4 11.5 5 39 109 0.358
14. B.C. 5.5 5 4 1 2 4 1 6.5 4 7.5 4 3 47.5 137 0.347
15. Ga. Tech 5.5 3 3 10 6 1.5 29 84 0.345

Most efficient department?

Interestingly, Florida State’s success, at least by one metric not without flaws, was not cheap. While finishing with the highest score, the Seminoles were merely average in turning athletic department dollars into on-field success. North Carolina was the most efficient, spending $403,650 per ratings point. Duke and Virginia Tech were both three places higher in their efficiency score, the largest jump.

I used athletic department expense figures available on the U.S. Department of Education website, although they were for the 2013-14 school year and not the most recent one. The website provides the “grand total expenses” for spending on athletics for each school (as well as breakdowns into different subsets such as football, basketball, men’s and women’s sports).

 

School Points Expenses $/point Shift
1. UNC 197 79,519,051 403,650 1
2. Virginia 175 79,490,334 454,230 1
3. Duke 147 79,499,503 540,813 3
4. Louisville 148.5 88,857,472 598,367 1
5. Va. Tech 113 69,597,778 615,910 3
6. N.D. 155.5 97,143,048 624,714 -2
7. FSU 157.5 102,717,812 652,177 -6
8. Clemson 112 73,717,426 658,191 0
9. N.C. State 98 64,924,362 713,514 0
10. Ga. Tech 75 55,526,101 740,348 2
11. W.F. 71.5 56,247,495 786,678 2
12. Miami 90 71,785,978 797,622 -3
13. BC 70 65,339,918 933,427 2
14. Syracuse 72.5 72,078,196 994,182 -3
15. Pitt. 65.5 66,089,664 1,009,003 -1

 

 

 


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