Sunday, June 13, 2010

Texas claims mythical crown


Texas claimed nearly a third of the regular-season sports championships offered by the Big 12 Conference in the 2009-2010 school year.

The Longhorns’ seven titles were enough to hold off the rest of the league and secure the Journal-World’s mythical conference all-sports championship this year.

How long UT and its mighty athletic budget, which was around $125 million in 2009, will stick around the Big 12 to defend its crown remains in question. Reports have indicated the Pac-10 could make an offer to Texas (along with Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M;) as early as this week.

For fans, it’s a wait-and-see scenario that will be the college sports story of the summer.

Final standings


Texas: 191

Texas A&M;: 179.5

Nebraska: 166

Oklahoma: 161.5

Texas Tech: 121

Iowa State: 120

Missouri: 116

Oklahoma State: 114

Baylor: 110.5

Kansas: 93

Kansas State: 83.5

Colorado: 71


Texas: 85.5

Texas A&M;: 83.5

Oklahoma: 79

Oklahoma State: 67.5

Nebraska: 65.5

Texas Tech: 57.5

Baylor: 54.5

Missouri: 51.5

Kansas State: 42.5

Iowa State: 37.5

Kansas: 33.5

Colorado: 31


Texas: 105.5

Nebraska: 100.5

Texas A&M;: 96

Oklahoma: 82.5

Iowa State: 82.5

Missouri: 64.5

Texas Tech: 63.5

Kansas: 59.5

Baylor: 56

Oklahoma State: 46.5

Kansas State: 41

Colorado: 40

As in years past, the Journal-World’s all-sports tabulations used the following formula to determine the all-sports winner: 12 points were awarded for a regular-season league championship, 11 points for second place, 10 points for third and so on. No points were awarded for unsponsored varsity sports.

In instances where sports don’t keep regular-season standings (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, swimming, wrestling, rowing, gymnastics and golf), the Big 12 championship for those respective sports was used to award points.

The Big 12 had 22 championships in 2009-2010 — 12 for women and 10 for men.

Texas earned 191 overall points, which edged runner-up Texas A&M; (179.5) and third-place Nebraska (166). The Longhorns won league titles in football, volleyball, men’s swimming, men’s tennis, rowing, softball and baseball.

Kansas University, despite winning a league title in men’s basketball, had a rather uninspiring overall finish of tenth (93 points). Both the men and the women finished in the lower division of the Big 12. The Jayhawks’ women had an eighth-place showing (59.5 points), while the KU men placed 11th (33.5 points).

KU’s only league title this past year was in men’s hoops. A big reason for the Jayhawks’ low total was due to last-place finishes in football, men’s and women’s golf, women’s tennis and softball. KU’s next-best finish was third in rowing, but only four schools raced in the Big 12 rowing championship in 2010.

For the most part, the Big 12 South dominated the standings. Four of the top five in the standings (in order from first: Texas, Texas A&M;, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech) were South schools.

Iowa State was sixth, followed by Missouri, Oklahoma State and Baylor. Kansas, Kansas State and Colorado brought up the rear.


Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 9 months ago

well, we beat K-State.
Yes, we're bad...and really bad at softball, golf and tennis...and football had its turmoil this year.

two years ago, we won a BCS bowl game in football (something only one other school from the North has done)

four years ago we won both the tourney titles in softball and baseball. we won the golf title in 1999. we won the regular season in soccer in 2004.

the point is, does KU have up and coming sports throughout athletics? and the answer is no. have we ever had up and coming sports throughout athletics? the answer again, is no.

i think Missouri won the regular season soccer this year, so the total Big 12 title standings all time among the three local schools goes like this: KU 22 KSU 11 MU 8

Yes, mens basketball is our bread and butter, but that's pretty darn good tasting bread and butter.....(53 all time league titles, 13 Final Fours, and three national titles). Does it matter that our golf team can't finish 7th instead of 12th? or that our VB team struggles to get to .500 in the league? in the grand scheme of things, no. but these non revenue teams have had their moments in the last five or six years..and in a place like Kansas, that's really about all you can expect.

Do you think a lot of young kids around here are bouncing tennis balls up against the wall? I guarantee they are in suburbs of L.A. (UCLA has won a ton of tennis titles.)

A school can always do better, but it comes down to coaching and recruitment...and the maximum resources committed to those endeavors. Sometimes the talent and resolve in coaching, is just something you settle for..or it takes some real dedicated alums coming back home.

i'd love to see this as an all time list for all the years in the Big 12...maybe when the league officially goes away, this paper will print it.

Pacific 10? your first school coming to you, CU? Dead last. Good luck with that.

irish2255 9 years, 9 months ago

The fact that we're so terrible at most sports doesn't won't help us land in a major conference.

KUMED71 9 years, 9 months ago

Now let me get this straight. Colorado is welcomed to the PAC 10 with glowing praise for it's academic and athletic accomplishments while being 1 of only 2 schools in the nation to have low GPA ratings for its football and mens and womens basketball programs and also rating last in both the women and mens combined sports in the Big 12. Interesting.

klineisanazi 9 years, 9 months ago

KUMED, every conference needs some guaranteed "w's" for the powers at the top. CU fits the bill nicely.

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