UF wins SEC All-Sports title


University of Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley shakes hands with Gainesville Sun publisher Jim Doughton as Doughton gives out the SEC All-Sports Trophy, awarded yearly by the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. before the University of Florida vs Tennessee game Saturday September 27, 2008. Foley will add another All-Sports to UF's trophy case in the Fall.

Photo by Rob C. Witzel / The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, May 24, 2010 at 4:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 at 4:23 p.m.

Florida left little doubt which school had the best athletic program for the 2009-10 school year.

Facts

Statistics

Team Total pts.. Sports Avg.
1. Florida 163 16 10.19
2. Georgia 133 16 8.31
3. Tennessee 115.5 15 7.70
4. LSU 120.5 16 7.53
5. Auburn 111.5 16 6.97
6. Ole Miss 86.5 13 6.65
7. Arkansas 96 15 6.40
8. Alabama 101.5 16 6.34
9. Kentucky 94.5 16 5.91
10. Vanderbilt 68.5 12 5.71
11.South Carolina 82.5 15 5.50
12. Miss. State 44 13 3.38


Men
1 Florida 75.5 7 10.79
2. Ole Miss 47.5 6 7.92
3. Auburn 51.5 7 7.36

Women
1. Florida 87.5 9 9.72
2. Georgia 83 9 9.22
3. LSU 78.5 9 8.72

The Gators blew away the field thanks to seven SEC titles and a strong performance by its men's programs to win the SEC All-Sports trophy for the 20th time. The award is sponsored by the New York Times Regional Media Group, which includes 14 newspapers throughout the Southeastern United States including The Gainesville Sun. NYTRMG awards trophies to the league school which captures each of those three all-sports titles. A first-place SEC finish is worth 12 points, second is given 11 points, and so on.

The sports of cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field are combined. A program's outdoor track finish makes up half, while the remaining two quarters are based on the cross country and indoor finishes. A school's point total is divided by the number of sports it fields to arrive at the average.

NYTRMG took over coordination of the SEC All-Sports rankings in 1994-95. Prior to that, the league tabulated the SEC All-Sports totals.

Florida's average for its 16 sports (nine women, seven men) was 10.19 to easily outdistance second-place Georgia (8.31). Tennessee was third followed by LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss. Mississippi State finished the year with the lowest showing among SEC schools.

Florida's men finished their year with an average of 10.79 to second-place Mississippi's 7.92 average. UF's women had a tougher battle edging out Georgia 9.72 to 9.22.

It was the 10th sweep for the Gator athletics program. UF is the only school to collect all three titles in a single season.

For the women it was their 17th title and for the men their 14th.

Florida's SEC titles came in baseball, women's cross country, gymnastics, soccer, women's tennis, women's indoor track & field and men's outdoor track & field. This is the third

time UF has collected seven SEC titles in a single season (1996-97 and 1997-98). UF's highest total is eight (1991-92) and Georgia equaled the SEC record with eight titles in 2005-06.

Florida has won 20 of the last 23 All-Sports awards.

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