SI ranked 'best schools for sports lovers,' and 2 from SEC were ranked in top 25
If you are approaching college age and wondering which school provides the best combination of sports and education at the collegiate level — at an affordable price, Sports Illustrated and MONEY have worked together to come up with a list for you.
Here’s the specific criteria used by the two publications to come up with their list:
Sports Illustrated partnered with MONEY to compile a list of great colleges for students who love sports—but who also want a high-quality education
The only two schools to make the list from the SEC were Florida and Georgia. Each breakdown of the schools was written by Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated.
Before Wrigley Field had ivy, Georgia had the hedges. Privet hedges have surrounded the football field at Sanford Stadium since 1929, and ever since, boys in the Peach State have grown up dreaming of playing between them. The school that produced Frank Sinkwich, Herschel Walker and Matthew Stafford sits in one of America’s great college towns. Dozens of restaurants and bars populate the downtown and Five Points areas—both a short walk from campus—and the Bulldogs love to throw a party whether they’re preparing for a football game or celebrating a win by the GymDogs, the women’s gymnastics program that won seven national titles between 1998 and 2009.
Florida is that rare school where football and basketball rule, evidenced by a period between 2006 and ‘08 when the Gators’ football and men’s basketball teams won two national titles apiece. The crowds at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Nickname: The Swamp) and Exactech Arena are among the nation’s rowdiest. Students can celebrate wins or drown the sorrows of losses at The Swamp (the bar, not the stadium), The Grog House or the Salty Dog. And while some schools keep their mascots in a cage, multiple versions of Florida’s mascot swim freely in Lake Alice on the southwestern edge of campus. Just don’t feed the Gators.