Good thing for the Florida baseball team.
If it weren’t for the national championship won by the Gators last month at the College World Series, who knows how much further SEC athletic programs would be down on this list?
Pat Forde of Yahoo used the Learfield Directors Cup listing to rank the 65 Power 5 athletic programs for their performance in the past five school years.
One could argue the results Wednesday were not good for the SEC, which placed just two teams in the top 10: Florida at No. 2 and Texas A&M at No. 10.
The listing also indicated whether the school was trending up or down.
On the Gators, which finished only behind first-place Stanford, Forde called the trajectory “steady,” and noted: “In the top five each of the past five years, despite ebbs and flows in the revenue sports.”
The rest of the top five were UCLA at No. 3, USC at 4, and North Carolina at 5. Texas was sixth, followed by a Big Ten trio of Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State, as the Buckeyes were ninth right ahead of Texas A&M.
As for the Aggies, the trajectory was “down” this year, as there was a “slight dip after being in the top ten in 2012-13 and ’13-14; average last three years is 14th. That’s not great for a school flush with cash.”
(Of course, the Aggies were first in another list published on Wednesday, boasting the most football revenue of any program this year.)
According to Yahoo, the other SEC schools on the list were Georgia at No. 15, Kentucky at 18, LSU at 19, Arkansas at 22, Alabama at 26, Auburn at 31, South Carolina at 34, Tennessee at 36, Missouri at 40, Mississippi State at 45, Vanderbilt at 51 and Ole Miss at 52.
But fear not Rebels fans, as the trajectory is climbing for the last-place program from Oxford: “After years of low performance, the Rebels moved into the top 50 last year and the top 40 this year.”