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The SEC: NOT a Football Conference


With Florida, South Carolina and Vandy in the CWS (and with UF as a favorite and SC as defending champions,) I found myself wondering exactly how many official national championships (recognized by the NCAA) the conference's member schools have tallied up in those "other" sports. As a Florida undergrad in the late 80's/early 90's, I vaguely recall (as it was the late 80's/early 90's in Gainesville, there is much I only vaguely recall) the Gators being excellent in golf, tennis and swimming, but did we ever "win it all?" With time to kill and a functioning internet connection, I looked it up.

The NCAA recognizes an impressive 25 football national championships won by eight of the conferences twelve schools, but also an even 100 in other men's team sports, as well as another 79 on the women's side. Only Mississippi State has been shut out in that tally thus far, but I'm crossing my fingers that someday those bell-ringers will bring home the conference's first trophies in ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, volleyball, water polo or wrestling!

Much of what follows won't be news to the serious SEC wonk, but I found it interesting. Maybe it will help you win a bar bet. Do people still make bar bets?

MENS

Baseball: 8 (LSU 6, Georgia 1, South Carolina 1)

Basketball: 10 (Kentucky 7, Florida 2, Arkansas 1)

Cross Country: 12 (Arkansas 11, Tennessee 1)

Football: 24 (Alabama 11, LSU 4, Florida 3, Auburn 2, Tennessee 2, Arkansas 1, Georgia 1, Ole Miss 1)

Golf: 10 (Florida 4, LSU 4, Georgia 2)

Rifle: 1 (Kentucky)

Swimming and Diving: 11 (Auburn 8, Florida 2, Tennessee 1)

Tennis: 6 (Georgia)

Indoor Track and Field: 24 (Arkansas 19, Florida 2, LSU 2, Tennessee 1)

Outdoor Track and Field: 18 (Arkansas 12, LSU 4, Tennessee 2)

WOMENS

Basketball: 8 (Tennessee)

Bowling: 1 (Vanderbilt)

Cross Country: 1 (Kentucky)

Golf: 3 (Florida 2, Georgia 1)

Gymnastics: 15 (Georgia 10, Alabama 5)

Rifle: 1 (Kentucky)

Soccer: 1 (Florida)

Swimming and Diving: 11 (Auburn 5, Georgia 4, Florida 2)

Tennis: 7 (Florida 5, Georgia 2)

Indoor Track and Field: 14 (LSU 11, Tennessee 2, Florida 1)

Outdoor Track and Field: 16 (LSU 14, Auburn 1, South Carolina 1)

And now for the bragging rights...

MOST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (TOTAL)

LSU 45

Arkansas 44

Georgia 27

Florida 24

Tennessee 17

Alabama 16

Auburn 16

Kentucky 10

South Carolina 2

Mississippi 1

Vanderbilt 1

Mississippi State 0

MOST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SPORTS

Florida 10

Georgia 8

LSU 8

Tennessee 7

Arkansas 5

Auburn 4

Kentucky 4

Alabama 2

South Carolina 2

Mississippi 1

Vanderbilt 1

Mississippi State 0

More thank likely, I made a few errors, but in my defense I did graduate from a SEC school.

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