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11. UCLA SI's No. 1 school in '97 had 11 top 10 teams last year, but none in major sports; its 10 individual titles were all won by women
12. OHIO STATE Top 10 in eight sports; top 20 in hockey, hoops; students jump in freezing lake for good luck in football against Michigan
13. GEORGIA Five minor-sports teams made top 5; six NCAA individual champs; FB 8-4; has best rec center (430,000 sq. ft., three pools)
14. COLORADO Football rout of Nebraska made Buffaloes' year; won NCAA cross-country; top 10 in FB, women's hoops; Boulder running capital of U.S.
15. NOTRE DAME Baseball, both hoops teams made NCAAs; top 10 in six sports, but not football (5-6); intramurals include full-pads tackle FB
16. MIAMI National FB champs; baseball, four other teams made top 20; hoops wilted in NCAAs; fun IM: arena flag FB; beach 15 minutes away
17. NEBRASKA Top 10 in baseball, football, four women's sports; flag-FB hotbed; one bogey: Johnny Carson's alma mater dead last in Big 12 golf
18. ARIZONA Four top 5 women's teams (golf, softball v-ball, X-C); No. 10 in hoops; disabled sports big; Annika Sorenstam, Trevor Hoffman alums
19. DUKE Two top 5 hoops teams, No. 1 in women's golf, top 10 in lax, tennis; Achilles heel: FB (0-11); alums: Elton Brand, John Feinstein
20. OREGON No. 2 in football, No. 6 in hoops; $90 million FB stadium expansion; heavenly running trails; best sports-management school
21. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Won tennis, eight individual titles; No. 12 in baseball; first-round exit from hoops NCAAs; has most men's team championships (71)
22. ILLINOIS First school in 18 years to sweep Big Ten FB and hoops titles; Orange Krush fans rule; claims to have invented homecoming (1910)
23. INDIANA Knight-less Hoosiers runners-up at Final Four; IU also took second in NCAA soccer; 50 club sports; Little 500 bike race a gem
24. MARYLAND Terps' best combined showing in hoops (1st), FB (10th); women No. 2 in field hockey, No. 8 in lax; alums: Steve Francis, Connie Chung
25. ARIZONA STATE Alma mater of Barry Bonds, Phil Mickelson top 20 in baseball, golf, seven other sports; fans toss tortillas when FB team scores
26. ALABAMA No. 1 in gymnastics; top 15 in baseball, hoops; FB zapped by NCAA probation; NFL draftees every year since '71 (four in '02)
27. CLEMSON Tigers top 5 in baseball, golf, track; FB won a minor bowl; engineering students took national concrete canoe championship
28. BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougar women won NCAA cross-country, made hoops Sweet 16; FB ranked No. 24; Salt Lake Olympics added sizzle to Provo
29. MICHIGAN STATE No. 8 hockey team drew record 74,554 for game in FB stadium; hoops made NCAAs; Izzone hoops cheering section good 'n rowdy
30. FLORIDA STATE Politically incorrect Seminoles top 15 in FB, baseball, softball; spending $107 million on facilities renovations; IM go-kart racing
31. CONNECTICUT Women's hoops (39-0) may have been best college team ever, men made Elite Eight; FB (2-9) struggling since move up to I-A in '99
32. WASHINGTON Had 11 top 20 teams; home of "sailgating": No. 5 rowers shuttled fans from boats to lakeside stadium to watch No. 19 FB team
33. AUBURN No. 1 in women's swimming, top 20 in seven other sports; hoops last in SEC; campus museum has Charles Barkley mannequin
34. CALIFORNIA Awful (1-10) in FB, but No. 1 in softball, rugby, crew; top 20 in 10 other sports; swimmer Natalie Coughlin a future Olympic star
35. ARKANSAS Nolan Richardson fiasco shook Hogs hoops, but seven other teams made top 20; FB lost Cotton Bowl; slew of new sports facilities
36. GEORGIA TECH No. 2 in golf, No. 5 in baseball, top 25 in softball, FB; rec center (which houses '96 Olympic pool) tripled to 300,000 sq. ft.
37. WISCONSIN Top 10 in X-C, women's v-ball; both hoops teams in NCAAs; no bowl game for first time since '96; invented hockey's "sieve!" chant
38. VIRGINIA Seven top 10 teams; women's hoops made NCAAs; three alums were on U.S. World Cup squad; 94% of students use A+ rec facilities
39. WAKE FOREST Deacons made hoops, baseball NCAAs; Bea Bielik won women's tennis title; strong IMs; students "roll the quad" with TP after big wins
40. PENN STATE No. 1 fencers among five top 10 teams, but gridders 5-6, hoopsters 7-21; Christie Welsh national soccer player of year
41. HARVARD Most varsity teams of any school (41); hockey finished No. 13; Ivy champ FB team had first perfect season (9-0) since 1913
42. TEXAS TECH Bob Knight's hiring has boosted enrollment applications, donations; coming: new golf course, $84 million fix-up of FB facilities
43. BAYLOR Women's hoops, three other teams made top 20; strong intramurals (80% participate); Quartermiler U produced Michael Johnson
44. KENTUCKY Top 10 in tennis, riflery; basketball team made Sweet 16; football decline: from Tim Couch to 2-9, NCAA probation
45. RICE No. 6 in baseball, top 25 in women's track, swimming; inventive Marching Owl Band (MOB) tooted horns to 8-4 FB season
46. TEXAS A&M Top 10 in four sports; FB 8-4; 20,000-plus fans go to Midnight Yell Practice before football games; superb rec center
47. PURDUE Alma mater of 22 astronauts launched four teams into top 20, including women's hoops; two campus golf courses; IM home run derby
48. WASHINGTON STATE No. 10 in FB, top 20 in women's track; hot new rec center; has logger-sports club; Drew Bledsoe, Keith Jackson alums
49. KANSAS Reached Final Four; unsurpassed at Midnight Madness; Wilt's alma mater; James Naismith buried five miles from campus
50. PEPPERDINE Amazing success for school of 3,000: both hoops teams made NCAAs, top 10 in four sports; Malibu campus overlooks Pacific
51. MISSISSIPPI STATE John Grisham's alma mater No. 21 in hoops, top 20 in tennis, track; offers prized degree in sports-turf management
52. CINCINNATI Finished No. 8 in hoops; perennial No. 1 in--surprise!--intercollegiate cricket; plans major upgrade of weak rec facilities
53. KANSAS STATE Women made top 20 in hoops, track, v-ball, but FB fell from 11-3 to 6-6; Harleys circle stadium before annual biker-tribute FB game
54. BOSTON COLLEGE Both hoops teams made NCAAs; No. 21 in FB; 2,000-plus students drive 15 hours to South Bend when BC plays Notre Dame in FB
55. MISSOURI Quin Snyder-led hoops team No. 15; indoor track, wrestling, women's gymnastics also made top 20; Sheryl Crow, Brad Pitt alums
56. PRINCETON Top Ivy (21st) in NCAA all-sports rankings, but FB 3-6, hockey 11-18, hoops missed Big Dance; women No. 1 in lacrosse, men No. 2
57. NORTH CAROLINA STATE Hoops No. 25; rising FB program; golf, both four-star generals than any school but Army
58. SYRACUSE NCAA champ in lacrosse, No. 14 in FB; four top 20 women's teams; zip code is 13244 to honor 44 worn by Jim Brown and others
59. KENT STATE Hoops team made Cinderella run to Elite Eight; Golden Flashes No. 9 in field hockey; alma mater of Lou Holtz and Arsenio Hall
60. OKLAHOMA STATE Four top 20 teams, including wrestling (5th); hoops made NCAAs; FB 4-7 but beat hated Oklahoma; Cowboys have ice hockey club
61. IOWA STATE Best college wrestler ever, Cael Sanderson (159-0), led Cyclones grapplers to No. 2 finish; four women's teams made top 20
62. IOWA Wrestling 4th at NCAAs, gymnastics 5th; three other top 25 teams; FB won Alamo Bowl; John Irving, Tom Brokaw alums
63. VANDERBILT Commodores had five top 20 teams, led by No. 5 women's basketball; only SEC school ranked in U.S. News academic top 25
64. TCU Alma mater of Dan Jenkins made top 25 in golf, women's hoops, women's tennis; Horned Frogs blow 120-decibel train horn after wins
65. UTAH Women 3rd in skiing, 4th in gymnastics, 15th in v-ball; FB won Vegas Bowl; hoops made NCAAs; dorms were Olympic village
66. HAWAII Rainbows No. 1 in men's volleyball, No. 13 in women's; hoops made NCAAs; FB 9-3; fans wave fronds for luck; no surfing club
67. PITTSBURGH Hoops made Sweet 16; improved 7-5 FB team; top 25 swim squad; was first school to wear numbers on FB jerseys (1908)
68. COLORADO STATE Three women's teams made top 25 (hoops, volleyball, X-C); Rams' FB squad played in its third straight bowl; good rodeo club
69. NORTHERN IOWA Panthers reached I-AA FB semis; top 20 in three sports; women's rugby won second straight D-II title; Kurt Warner an alum
70. MAINE Bears were No. 2 in hockey, made NCAAs in baseball, I-AA FB; school sports events aired on Stephen King-owned radio station
71. FRESNO STATE Produced No. 1 NFL pick David Carr, Clippers first-rounder Melvin Ely, three-time 125-lb. wrestling champ Stephen Abas
72. PENN Hoops made NCAAs; FB 8-1; No. 9 in fencing, No. 11 in wrestling; fans like to throw toast; new rec center has golf simulator
73. DENVER Who needs a FB team? Winter-sport power won third straight skiing title, finished No. 5 in hockey, No. 14 in women's gymnastics
74. CORNELL No. 9 in hockey; both lax teams made top 5; No. 1 in women's polo; has America's biggest indoor natural-rock climbing wall
75. MONTANA I-AA FB champ; hoops made NCAAs; great school for skiing, hiking, fishing; alums: Carroll O'Connor, Marty Mornhinweg
76. BOSTON UNIVERSITY Terriers No. 6 in hockey, No. 16 in women's X-C; men's hoops made NCAAs; alum Mike Eruzione lit Salt Lake Olympic cauldron
77. VILLANOVA Women's hoops made NCAAs; top 10 in X-C, indoor track; Atlantic 10 FB champ; athlete in every Summer Olympics since '48
78. VIRGINIA TECH Top 20 in tennis, FB, golf; only school known as Hokies; FB fans do hokeypokey after third quarter; had eight NFL draftees in '02
79. NEW HAMPSHIRE Wildcats 3rd in hockey, 9th in skiing; strong in women's gymnastics; top team in Hockey East's new women's division
80. NORTHERN ARIZONA Top 15 in X-C; Harleys lead I-AA playoff FB team into stadium; four NFL coaches were Lumberjacks assistants; 7,000-foot altitude
81. SOUTH FLORIDA Bulls made top 25 in baseball, three other sports; fun IM: Average Joe Olympics (FB throw, etc.); Gigi Fernandez tennis coach
82. FURMAN Paladins No. 2 in I-AA FB; LPGAers Betsy King, Dottie Pepper, Beth Daniels alums of small S.C. school; cheer: "FU all the time!"
83. MISSISSIPPI Rebels No. 9 in tennis; hoops made NCAAs; Eli Manning-QB'd FB team went 7-4; catchy but nonsensical "Hotty Toddy" cheer
84. SMU Life after Death Penalty: three top 10s (track, soccer, women's swimming), four NCAA individual titles; 15 hoops wins; FB 4-7
85. HOUSTON Baseball was No. 10, women's swimming No. 22; two NCAA individual diving titles; spiffy new rec center; FB a disaster (0-11)
86. GEORGIA SOUTHERN Six-time I-AA FB champ Eagles made '01 semis; third straight trip to baseball NCAAs; FB field known for swarms of gnats
87. FLORIDA ATLANTIC Owls' hoops, baseball teams made NCAAs; Boca Raton school has palm-tree-lined fields; paintball club; Carrot Top an alum
88. GEORGETOWN Paul Tagliabue's alma mater 0-6 in Patriot League FB (3-7 overall); hoops went 19-11; women made top 5 in lacrosse, X-C
89. NORTHWESTERN Top 20 in swimming, women's tennis, but FB crashed (4-7); odd tradition: throwing marshmallows into tuba at FB games
90. TULANE Made NCAAs in baseball, women's hoops; set college baseball crowd record (27,673 in Superdome in April); FB fell to 3-9
91. LOUISVILLE FB won Liberty Bowl; baseball made NCAAs; No. 2 in hoops attendance behind Kentucky; Poland's ex-national coach runs fencing club
92. BROWN Champs in women's rowing, No. 2 in women's ice hockey; major facility upgrades under way; alums: Joe Paterno, Ted Turner, Chris Berman
93. NEW MEXICO No. 4 in skiing; women's basketball made NCAAs; has rodeo club, intramural mountaineering; the Pit is a classic arena
94. TULSA Both golf teams in top 12; hoops made NCAAs; FB 1-10; sometimes fills school swim pool with bass for intramural fishing
95. YALE Lightweight crew, fencer Sada Jacobsen NCAA champs; No. 13 in women's X-C; great golf course; Dick Ebersol an alum
96. TOLEDO Rockets 23rd in FB, 14th in golf; dorms right next to stadium; FB video-game tournament popular; Blue Crew fans don Jason masks
97. LIBERTY Jerry Falwell-founded Va. school made women's hoops NCAAs; 15th in women's track; 3-8 in I-AA FB; 3rd in national flag FB
98. UNLV Women's hoops went to NCAAs, men to NIT; top 25 golf team; strength coach Mark Philippi holds America's Strongest Man title
99. RUTGERS David Stern's school 18-13 in basketball; top 10 in soccer, fencing; FB went 2-9; pedal-car derby an offbeat intramural
100. WICHITA STATE Shockers top 20 in baseball, top 40 in track; mediocre hoops team draws 8,300 a game; 12 national bowling titles; alum: Bill Parcells

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Issue date: October 7, 2002

 


 
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