COLUMBIA - South Carolina finished well ahead of Clemson in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup final standings, but both schools trailed the competition within their conferences.
The Gamecocks finished No. 35 with 591.5 points in the final standings, which ranks a college athletics department's overall success on the field in all programs. South Carolina was ninth in the SEC.
Clemson finished No. 60 with 355.5 points in the final standings. The Tigers were 10th in the ACC.
Points are awarded based on a school's finish in up to 20 sports. Those sports are split evenly between 10 men's and 10 women's programs.
The SEC and ACC did quite well, as expected. Florida led the SEC with 1,216.5 points, second-most in the country. Notre Dame led the ACC with 1,128.25 points, third-most in the country.
South Carolina and Clemson are experiencing unprecedented success in the most public college sports arena, with both finishing in the top 10 for the first time in history last fall. The Gamecocks finished a program-record fourth in the final Associated Press poll and won their fifth-straight game against Clemson. The Tigers finished eighth in the AP and won the Orange Bowl.