Regardless, Tech did not fare well even competing against itself. Against the results of the past 10 years, the Jackets scored the fewest points and had the fewest teams score points for the Directors’ Cup standings (three – golf, women’s tennis, and women’s cross country).
In the past decade, Tech has finished as high as 45th (in 2009-10), when 12 different teams scored points in the standings.
Further, many of the schools in Tech’s neighborhood at 121st, such as Eastern Michigan, Wichita State and Cincinnati, compete with similar numbers of teams and considerably smaller budgets.
Such dismal performance is what has helped spur athletic director Todd Stansbury's efforts on multiple fronts to revitalize the athletic department. They include a $125 million capital campaign, including a $70 million renovation of athletic department headquarters, the switch from Russell Athletic to Adidas as its gear provider and a rebranding of wordmarks and official colors.