The Texas A&M athletic program didn’t have a lot of SEC titles to celebrate during the 2018-19 academic year.
But today, the Aggies can celebrate a big one.
A&M, which only won a single SEC title in women’s swimming and diving, used consistency and a down year for Florida to end the Gators run of 12 consecutive Gatehouse Media Group All-Sports Awards.
The margin of victory was the slimmest since equestrian was added six years ago and the formula was changed. A&M’s total of .66176 (to UF’s .65385) was also the lowest winning total during that stretch.
Florida won four SEC titles in the academic year in men’s indoor track, men’s tennis, men’s swimming and gymnastics, but didn’t get the usual boosts from baseball and softball and had poor showings in men’s golf and women’s basketball.
A&M, which joined the SEC in 2012, finished first in the men’s standings and third in the women’s standings. Florida finished second in both the men’s and women’s. Tennessee was the women’s champion.
GateHouse Media Group, which owns the Gainesville Sun as well as many other newspapers in the SEC footprint, will award the trophy for the fifth consecutive year.
The Halifax Media Group awarded the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 trophies. The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group gave the awards from the 1994-95 through 2010-11 seasons.
Prior to that, the league tabulated the SEC All-Sports totals before deciding to do away with what was then called the Bernie Moore Trophy, partly because of Florida’s dominance.
The award started in 1973-74 and was spread among five schools before Florida started rolling. LSU won six titles including four in a row, Alabama won five and Tennessee four.
But Florida won three in a row by wide margins and the Bernie Moore Trophy was discontinued by the league.
Points are awarded based on the number of competing teams in a sport. A program’s points total is divided by the total number of teams competing in the sports the school fields and that quotient ranks the teams in the final GateHouse Media standings. The sports of cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field are combined.
The last school to win the award other than Florida was Georgia in 2005-06.
Gatehouse Media Group All-Sports Award
Texas A&M 0.66176
S. Carolina 0.52696
Ole Miss 0.48034
Miss. St. 0.45506