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Best combined football/basketball programs

Posted on: March 23, 2009 4:30 pm

Sitting around waiting for the Sweet 16 games and was wondering what the best combined football/basketball programs are still playing? There are 20 of them counting the NIT and College Basketball Invitational.

This is the way I perceive these programs right now. Adolph Rupp has little to do with Kentucky's ranking at the moment.

1. Florida, NIT . Four national championships in big revenue sports since 2006. Two each in football and basketball.

2. Oklahoma, Sweet 16 six Big 12 titles and a national championship this decade. Final Four in 2002, back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003.

3. Kansas, Sweet 16. Solid Big 12 North football program under Mark Mangino. Orange Bowl in 2008. Do you have to ask about basketball?

4. North Carolina, Sweet 16. Think what the football program would be had Mack Brown stuck around. Building under Butch Davis. Could win the ACC this year.

5. Michigan State, Sweet 16.  Solid mid- to upper-level Big Ten football program each year. Three consecutive Final Fours under Tom Izzo 1999-2001. Back on top in the league this year.

6. Pittsburgh, Sweet 16. Big East power in hoops. Struggling to break through in football under Dave Wannstedt.

7. Louisville, Sweet 16. Hopefully, Pitino sticks around. Football has fallen off the map.

8. Connecticut, Sweet 16. Can't knock down Jim Calhoun with an elephant gun. Anyone remember UConn shared the Big East title in football in 2007?

9. Missouri, Sweet 16. Basketball back on the map under Mike Anderson. Football now a consistent eight-to-10 win program under Gary Pinkel.

10. Arizona, Sweet 16. Bowl game and Sweet 16 in same academic year. The last time that happened was 1998.

11. Kentucky, NIT. Questions whether Billy Gillispie will be around next season. Rich Brooks brought football back to respectability.

12. Notre Dame, NIT. Hoops is always competitive. Football is trying to get there.

13. Penn State, NIT. Until this season, hoops had been a black hole in Happy Valley.  Joe is going out with a bang having been to two Rose Bowls in the last four years. That is,  if he ever goes out.


14. Duke, Sweet 16. Although David Cutcliffe performed miracles last year winning four in football, it is almost the exact opposite of Coach K's dynasty.

15. Stanford, CBI. How good was basketball under Mike Montgomery? Twelve tournament appearances from 1989-2004. Football coming back under Jim Harbaugh.

16. Auburn, NIT. Tommy Tuberville made the Tigers an annual SEC West power. Now it's up to Gene Chizik. In basketball, wait, do they play basketball at Auburn? Program has mostly dropped off the map since last NCAA appearance in 2003.

17. Oregon State, CBI. Even the first lady's brother can't save this ranking.

18. Baylor, NIT. Scott Drew has made the Bears a factor in the Big 12. Football could go to a bowl game in Art Briles' second season.

19. Texas-El Paso, CBI.  Mike Price hasn't been able to break through in football. Basketball has become revolving door.

20. San Diego State, NIT. One of the worst football programs in I-A. Respectable in hoops under Steve Fisher.

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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:16 am

Best combined football/basketball programs

Whoops, guess I should have read the criteria. 

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:14 am

Best combined football/basketball programs

Duke? I know that cutcliffe is improving the situation by prior to his arrival wasn't football trying to avoid winless seasons? We need a couple more seasons here, basketball can't carry everything. I could say the same about UNC, they have a had a few good pigskin seasons but they need a few more to be in the mix with Florida. By the way where is USC? Didn't they just win a NCAA game and we don't have to even ask about football. Way more deserving than ND, give us the jeweled shelele! 

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 10:03 am

Best combined football/basketball programs

Understanding that these are the teams still playing, what about the top 20 year-in year-out in both Basketball and Football?

  1. Florida
  2. Ohio St
  3. Oklahoma
  4. USC
  5. Texas
  6. Utah
  7. Missouri
  8. LSU
  9. Louisville
  10. Florida St
  11. Michigan
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Kentucky
  14. Michigan St
  15. Arizona
  16. UCLA
  17. BYU
  18. North Carolina
  19. Connecticut
  20. Penn St

Some Hoops colleges just outright suck at Football, and vica versa.

Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2009 11:09 pm


Syracuse....i know they havnt been good lately, but come on...its a joke to be a nationally distributed sports writer and not be able to go down the list of the 25 or so teams (dont know whats currently going on in the NIT and CBI) that are still playing basketball and pick out which schools also have a football team...I could have gone down the list myself as a 21 year old college student that has no connection to sports (except that i really enjoy them), much less gets paid to write about them, and I would have been able to pick out every school with a football team.  Really, I seriously just can't get over how you can go down a list of these teams and not be able to pick out that Syracuse University has a football team, not to mention that they are in a BCS conference.  I don't think I've ever written a criticism about a columnist on here before, but hoenstly, that is just awful.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2009 8:56 am

Best combined football/basketball programs

They're not in a tournament. These are teams still playing basketball.


Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2009 5:59 am

Best combined football/basketball programs

 What about Ohio State. Youhave to be decent to lose to Florida

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2009 2:17 am
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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2009 7:41 pm

Best combined football/basketball programs

Hey Double D

I wouldn't necessarily disagree, but I would have FLORIDA STATE, and UCLA in that group- at least replacing 19 and 20

UCLA hasn't dominated the PAC 10 in football lately but who has besides USC, and they are at least as strong on the gridiron as anybody else in that conference, but come on- outside of DUKE, who challenges UCLA's history on the hardwood

Florida State only recently has been off the top of the totem pole in Florida and National Football, and the baketball program is on the rise. 

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