Sorry this isn't better news, but maybe it will serve us to temper any unrealistic expectations and just enjoy the conclusion of what has been a highly successful season for many of Michigan's athletic teams.
When the updated NACDA Directors' Cup standings are released this coming Thursday, they will show that Stanford has shot past Michigan into first place with a comfortable lead of over 200 points. Furthermore, Florida, UCLA, North Carolina, and Notre Dame will have closed considerable ground and will be sitting within 50 points of Michigan. Where is this all likely to end up? Well, with most spring NCAA tournament action already underway, we can project with reasonable accuracy what the approximate final standings might look like.
If you account for ongoing qualification / elimination status in all sports and project final results based on current seeding or ranking, the final standings project to this:
1 Stanford 1346.75
2 Florida 1205.5
3 UCLA 1190
4 Michigan 1098.25
5 North Carolina 1090.33
6 Notre Dame 1031
This will change somewhat, of course, but most of those points are already pretty well locked in. The prospects for a top 3 Michigan finish are remote, but we can certainly root for the Wolverines to hold off the likes of North Carolina and Notre Dame and claim a very respectable fourth place. More importantly, if the softball team can knock off Oklahoma on Thursday and go on to surprise everyone with Michigan's third national championship of the year, that would make for a fantastic capper on a memorable year for Michigan sports.
Mike Lantry, 1972