Gators No. 2 All-Sports Finish Official

With the College World Series over, the 2009-10 college sports year has finished and once again Stanford has claimed the All-Sports Trophy as presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). It's the first time the Gators have finished alone in second place and matches the 1997-98 school year when the Gators tied for the runner up spot.

The Gators are the only program to finish in the top 10 in each of the 27 years the standings have been compiled. This season has seen the Gators set a school record with 14 top 10 finishes by Gator squads. Those finishes are led by Florida claiming the NCAA Title in Women's Swimming and Diving and Men's Indoor Track and Field.

Florida finished with 1,310.25 points, almost 200 behind Stanford (1,508.50). It is important to note that Stanford competes in 37 sports while the Gators field just 20 teams. Thus, Stanford averaged scoring 40.77 points per team, while Gator squads averaged 65.51 points per squad. That means the Gator teams were approximately 60 percent more productive than Cardinal squads were.

ACC Gains Bragging Rights

The ACC has been ridiculed a lot lately for its inability to compete for football championships. In fact, the Mountain West has been a better conference in the BCS than the ACC in recent years. However when it comes to all-sports excellence the ACC had a great year.

Virginia finished third overall, while three other ACC teams posted top ten finishes. Florida State earned the schools highest standing at No. 5, while North Carolina (No. 7) and Duke (No. 10) also had outstanding years.

No other SEC school managed a top 10 campaign, but six other SEC schools ended up in the top 30. Tennessee (No. 16), LSU (No. 19) and Georgia (No. 20) posted top 20 finishes. For Georgia, it was their lowest finish in more than a decade. Alabama (No. 23), Auburn (No. 26) and Kentucky (No. 30) also did well.

Time For Scoring Changes

If the NACDA really wants the all-sports competition to mean something it must change the scoring system. Right now each sport counts the same whether 16 teams compete or 341 do. That makes absolutely no sense.

Instead I believe there should be a two-tiered system. If more than 100 schools compete in the sport it is counted in full. If fewer than 100 take part, it should count half. Specialty sports like Water Polo, Men's Gymnastics, Rowing, Skiing. Rifle and others should not count the same as Football, Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball, Softball and other "mainstream" sports that many more school compete in.

Still, to finish second under the current scoring system is a great accomplishment for Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, his coaches and student-athletes.

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