Tennessee just celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1998 national championship.
When will the Vols get to celebrate another? That’s a question fans, coaches and players have been asking ever since. But the Vols are hardly alone.
In the past 50 years, 21 programs have won or shared at least one national championship. Some, like Tennessee, are still waiting for another. Some of these national champs haven’t even won a conference title in a decade or more. Others, like Florida, haven’t won another conference title since winning it all.
These title droughts have impacted some of the sport’s magic names, too: Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, etc.
In this era of 7-figure annual contracts and 8-figure buyouts, patience is a quaint notion, and about as useful as a VCR.
But as quickly as ADs are discarding coaches, it’s important to remember: Not everybody can be Alabama or Clemson, where postseason parades seemingly are part of the calendar.
Rational observers understand that, certainly, but it’s fair to wonder when or whether some of these programs will ever throw another championship party.
*Miami shared the Big East title with West Virginia but beat WVa during the regular season.
**Michigan and Nebraska shared the 1997 national championship, the final year before the BCS. Michigan also shared the 2004 Big Ten title with Iowa but beat Iowa during the regular season.
***Washington shared the 1991 national title with Miami.
****Colorado and Georgia Tech shared the 1990 national title.
*****Pitt shared the Big East title with 2 other teams.