From the moment Bernard Muir moved into the athletic director's office at Stanford, he felt the burden of keeping alive one of the most impressive streaks in college sports.
The Cardinal had won 18 straight Directors' Cups, given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the top-performing program across all sports, when Bob Bowlsby left to become the Big 12 Conference commissioner a year ago. The last thing Muir wanted was for the unprecedented run to end in his first year on The Farm.
Stanford sealed its 19th consecutive title by the closest margin ever in late June. And as Muir heads into his second full year at Stanford, he has even bigger goals ahead.