After watching Anthony Davis lead the Kentucky Wildcats 67-59 over the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA Mens Basketball Championship this past Monday night, I began to think about the Southeastern Conference and their dominance in college sports right now. This win gives the SEC the current national champion in all 3 of the major sports (UK in basketball, South Carolina in baseball, & Alabama in football). After pondering the importance of this for a while longer, I started to wonder if any conference in the NCAA has come even close to what the SEC has accomplished in the 3 sports in recent memory.
The last time a single conference had the accolade of having the champion in all 3 sports was 1996, when the SEC had UK in basketball, Florida in football, & LSU in baseball (prior to that it had not been accomplished since 1972 when USC won the college world series, the football championship, and UCLA won the basketball championship, giving the PAC-10 the honor). Since then out of the possible 50 championship combined in the 3 sports, the SEC has won 20 of them.
For the SEC to win 40% of all possible titles in the last 16 years is amazing. No other conference is even close as the ACC has 6 total (5 in basketball, 1 in football) as does the Big 12 (3 in football, 2 in baseball, 1 in basketball). Both conferences pale in comparison to the SEC, who has won 9 football titles compared to 8 for ALL other conferences. Another outstanding stat is that seven different SEC schools have won a national title in the 3 sports in those 16 years.
Here is a look at the great run the SEC is currently in:
Basketball Championships: Kentucky 1996, Kentucky 1998, Florida 2006, Florida 2007, & Kentucky 2012.
Football Championships: Florida 1996, Tennessee 1998, LSU 2003, Florida 2006, LSU 2007, Florida 2008, Alabama 2009, Auburn 2010, & Alabama 2011.
Baseball Championships: LSU 1996, LSU 1997, LSU 2000, LSU 2009, South Carolina 2010, & South Carolina 2011.
With several stars leaving Kentucky this year for the NBA, will John Calipari and the Wildcats be #1 again next year? Will Georgia be able to break the SEC West’s dominance and claim the BCS title next year? Will South Carolina join the USC Trojans as the only teams to win back to back to back College World Series? Send me your thoughts, praise, and hate mail to BruceRWilson3@gmail.com. You can also leave you comments below or on the WFNZ The Fan 610 AM Facebook page. And follow me @BruceRWilson on Twitter.
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