Shouldn't there be at least some value placed on non-revenue sports? Given the attendance, at least a couple people care about Tennessee women's b-ball or LSU baseball. You could certainly factor them down (baseball success = 80% of basketball / track success is 25% / equestrian = 1%; etc.) but I do think it's relevant wen discussing program-wide success.
Back on New Year’s Day, we showed you which SEC school’s fans had had the most reasons to celebrate during the 2012 calendar year. With the 2012-13 basketball season now complete, we can go ahead and see which fans had the best 2012-13 school year.
Below you’ll see that we compare each school’s wins and championships in the league’s two revenue sports — football and men’s basketball. We’ve handed out a point for each basketball win and three points for each football win (due to the fact that there are roughly three times as many hoops games). We also awarded bonus points for several achievements:
* National title = 50 points
* Conference title = 25 points
* BCS bowl bid = 10 points
* Conference Tournament title = 10 points
* Bowl bid = 5 points
* NCAA Tournament bid = 5 points
* NIT bid = 3 points
Here’s a look at who enjoyed the most big sport success during the SEC’s first year as a 14-school league:
|School||FB Points||BB Points||Nat. Title||Conf. Title||BCS Bid||Conf. Tourn. Title||Bowl Bid||NCAA Bid||NIT Bid||Total Points|
* Alabama and Florida one and two in the conference? What a surprise, right? While the Gators and Tide do have two of the biggest athletic budgets in the conference (#1 and #3 respectively according to 2011-12 data), money wasn’t much of guarantee elsewhere. So it’s just not spending, it’s spending wisely on the right coaches.
* Ole Miss — which has the least amount of athletic expenditures in recent surveys — finished a robust third overall in 2012-13. When it comes to the money sports, Hugh Freeze provided a quick boost in football and Andy Kennedy finally delivered an excellent hoops season. Former AD Pete Boone has to love the fact that new AD Ross Bjork will get the credit for UM’s turnaround.
* Of the league’s two newcomers, Texas A&M’s success in football pushed it far ahead of Missouri, despite the Tigers’ basketball accomplishments. The Aggies finished #5 on our list despite a lackluster year on the hardwood. So much for all the Big XII’ers saying that A&M wouldn’t be able to survive in the SEC.
* Couple new basketball coach Johnny Jones with consistently-successful Les Miles and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if LSU climbs a bit on the 2013-14 chart next year.
* Woe are Tennessee and Auburn. Consider them the opposite of Florida and Alabama. The most recent athletic department spending data shows that UT (#2) and AU (#4) both ranked in the top five in terms of SEC spending. Ask Vol and Tiger fans and you’ll learn that, no, money cannot buy happiness.
In case you’re wondering, here are the actual football and basketball records for the SEC’s schools in 2012-13: