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Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Undisputed Two-Sport Champion

ESPN the Magazine has named the University of Florida Gators as "the undisputed two-sport champion." It reviewed all colleges in the past fifteen years and measured their respective football and basketball successes. The Florida Gators were ranked first ahead of such heavyweights as Ohio State, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Alabama. The rankings were decided by the following factors, title track, head coach, strength of schedule, academics, recruiting, player success, stadium edge, revenue, and violations. ESPN had this wonderfully delightful paragraph about it:

Since 1998, Florida is the only program to win championships in both sports – and the Gators did it twice in each (football in ’06 and ’08; hoops: ’06 and ’07). They’ve hauled in the most ESPN 150 football recruits (77) and rank behind only Ohio State and USC for player success. On the hardwood, UF ranks outside the top 25 in just one category (revenue, No. 27), and if Urban Meyer were still around to form a one-two coaching punch with Billy Donovan (No. 6), our rankings wouldn’t have been as close. (Will Muschamp ranks 51st.)

The full list is:
1. Florida Gators
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
3. Texas Longhorns
4. Oklahoma Sooners
5. Michigan Wolverines
6. Michigan State Spartans
7. Alabama Crimson Tide
8. UCLA Bruins
9. Wisconsin Badgers
10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish


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