Each SEC school's best sport outside of football
Sometimes it takes a little prodding to remember, but there are sports other than football played in the SEC. In fact, there are quite a few schools in the conference with teams in other sports that out-perform their football teams.
We’re now officially into that time of year where basketball takes center stage in the national conscience. March Madness is upon us, with the bracket revealed Sunday evening. While SEC basketball isn’t on the level of the conference’s football, the best team in the country does reside in the conference, with the Kentucky Wildcats claiming the SEC title on Sunday and running their record to 34-0. Out of the 68-team field, five SEC schools made the cut: Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss.
With the Wildcats’ dominance on our mind, we got to thinking about which team was the best off the gridiron for each SEC school.
- Alabama — gymnastics: 6 national titles, most recently in 2012
- Arkansas — track and field/cross country: 40 national titles across men’s and women’s
- Auburn — men’s swimming: 8 national championships, 12 athletes participating in 2015 NCAA championships
- Florida — softball: Reigning national champions
- Georgia — women’s swimming and diving: 8 national championships, reigning national champions and current SEC champions
- Kentucky — men’s basketball: 8 national championships, 53 NCAA tournament appearances (most all-time), currently 34-0, SEC champions and No. 1 overall seed in NCAA tournament
- LSU — baseball: 6 national championships, 15 SEC championships, currently No. 3 in the nation
- Mississippi State — baseball: 10 SEC regular season championships, seven SEC tournament championships
- Missouri — softball: Appearances in three of the last four College World Series
- Ole Miss — women’s tennis: 3 SEC team titles, 6 SEC individual champions, currently No. 16 in the nation
- South Carolina — women’s basketball: Back-to-back conference championships, 2015 SEC tournament champions, currently No. 3 in the nation
- Tennessee — women’s basketball: 8 national championships, 22 Final 4 appearances, currently No. 7 in the nation
- Texas A&M — track and field: 8 national championships (men’s and women’s), men have won four of last six outdoor national titles, women have won three of last six indoor championships
- Vanderbilt — baseball: 2014 national champions, 6 SEC championships