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.