Thursday, February 09, 2006

Top 10 Basketball/Football Schools

Dennis Dodd from CBS put together his top ten list of Basketball/Football schools. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised to see Oklahoma at number two. I also thought Louisville was rated to high, Ohio State and UCLA were to low and UConn didn’t belong.

What are your thoughts?

1. Texas: Top 10 programs in both sports. National champion in football. Seven straight NCAA appearances in basketball (including a Final Four in 2003).

2. Oklahoma: Actually football had to catch up to basketball. Kelvin Sampson arrived 11 years ago, keeping Billy Tubbs' momentum going. It wasn't until Bob Stoops got to Norman in 1999 that Oklahoma football turned around.

3. Florida: Along with Austin, Gainesville might be the epicenter of big-time college athletics right now. Two charismatic coaches (Billy Donovan, Urban Meyer) and national prominence for both programs.

4. Louisville: The Next Big Thing in football, an established national power in basketball. Credit AD Tom Jurich who led a facilities revolution and has survived schools cherry-picking his football coaches (or at least attempting to).

5. Wisconsin: The home of the 1,000-yard back and paint-by-number defensive basketball.

6. Ohio State: Since '99 Ohio State has endured an NCAA scandal in basketball and Maurice Clarett in football. It also has a Final Four appearance and a football national championship. Not too many schools could survive embarrassing scandals in both sports and chase national championships.

7. Boston College: This is what Notre Dame wants to be: BC has won six consecutive bowl games and finished tied for the Atlantic Division title in its first year in the ACC. Al Skinner is about to take the basketball Eagles to their fourth tournament in six years.

8. UCLA: Even though there was a merry-go-round of coaches, UCLA never wavered in its desire to keep basketball on the national stage.

9. Pittsburgh: Walt Harris brought the football program back to a BCS level. Dave Wannstedt was disappointing in his first year but is destined to win a Big East title before he's through.

10. Connecticut: This is a Lew Perkins production. The Huskies' former AD decided UConn could play big-time football. His vision was realized with a new stadium (Rentschler Field), a talented coach (Randy Edsall) and early entry into the Big East.