The Florida Gators had something of a revival on the football field under Jim McElwain. The basketball team made the NIT in its first year with Mike White at the helm.
The two revenue sports were not winning championships like others in the conference might have, but the Gators have long been one of the best.
And they were the best yet again in all sports in the SEC.
With the regular season in college baseball in the SEC complete, Florida can officially begin clearing space in its trophy case for the GateHouse Media All-Sports Award, easily sweeping the men’s, women’s and overall divisions once again.
“It never gets old,” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley told Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun. “It’s hard to do. Sometimes people don’t realize how hard it is. Obviously, there were impressive performances by our coaches and student-athletes. I’m very proud of them.”
Texas A&M finished second and Georgia finished third for the award. Despite its football national championship, Alabama finished seventh among the SEC’s 14 teams.
The scores are computed by taking the points earned in each sport and dividing them by the number of SEC teams competing in the sports. The amount of points awarded for each place are dependent on the number of teams competing.
This marked the 15th sweep of the award and 26th time Florida has won, including the ninth straight. The Gators continue to spread the love around their various athletic programs.
Softball is the top overall seed in the NCAA softball tournament and is heading to the Super Regionals with an eye on a third straight national championship.
The Gators also took home SEC championships in women’s soccer, men’s swimming, gymnastics, women’s tennis and men’s tennis. Florida finished a game short of winning the regular season baseball title, but will head to Hoover, Ala. for the SEC baseball tournament with the No. 2 seed.
Undoubtedly though, Florida’s pulse is its football team. After going 7-5 and returning to a bowl game after a surprising year absence, Jim McElwain took over and brought the Gators to the SEC East division title and the SEC championship game.
It certainly lifted spirits around campus and added to the perception this trophy confirms.