Tennessee finished fourth in the race for the All-Sports Trophy, an annual honor created to recognize the SEC athletic program with the best top-to-bottom performance in each of its sports.
Florida won the crown on the strength of its SEC titles in men’s basketball, women’s cross country, gymnastics, soccer, softball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and volleyball.
The award is presented by the Halifax Media Group, which owns 31 newspapers, including the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun.
Florida also won the all-sports trophy in the men’s and women’s categories.
Tennessee was second on the women’s side, just ahead of third-place Texas A&M, one of two SEC newcomers this season. On the men’s side, Alabama finished second and Georgia third.
The SEC originally compiled the numbers for the award until dropping the trophy in 1994. The New York Times Media Group handled the award from 1995 to 2011. This is the second year the Halifax Media Group has issued the trophy, which will be presented at a Florida home football game this fall.
The award methodology was altered this year, according to an article in the Gainesville Sun, although Florida would have won under either scoring system. According to the story, the program’s total points are divided by the total number of teams competing in the sports the school fields. The change was necessitated by the addition of equestrian as an SEC-sanctioned sport.
All-Sports Trophy rankings
Last year’s ranking in parentheses
1. Florida (1)
2. Georgia (2)
3. Texas A&M*
4. Tennessee (4)
5. Arkansas (6)
6. LSU (3)
7. Alabama (7)
8. South Carolina (9)
9. Kentucky (5)
10. Vanderbilt (12)
12. Auburn (8)
13. Ole Miss (10)
14. Mississippi State (11)
* first year in rankings
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee athletics. Follow him on Twitter.
Note: The story was corrected to reflect that the SEC compiled the rankings for the award until 1994.