Three years ago it was a feat so rare it had never been accomplished.

Now, it’s been three years since it hasn’t been done.

Williams College was awarded the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup presented by NACDA for the academic year 2005-2006. It is the eighth straight Directors’ Cup for the Ephs, whose athletic program has won 10 of the 11 Directors’ Cups awarded at the Division III level.

That has allowed the Ephs to be deemed No. 1 nationally both in academics (U.S. News & World Report) and athletics (Directors’ Cup) for the third consecutive year — a feat which had never been done by any other of the 1,053 NCAA member institutions at any level before Williams accomplished it during the 2003-2004 year.

Thanks to Dick Quinn for the tip. Note that I was sceptical that the Williams streak would continue, given the decreased emphasis on athletic excellence in admissions. I was wrong.

Congratulations to all.

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