Pac-10 in review

Here’s an overview of the last year in the Pac-10. Here’s the release from the conference:

PAC-10 LEADS THE WAY WITH 13 NCAA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–The Pac-10 lived up to its well deserved billing of “Conference of Champions” by capturing 13 NCAA titles during the 2007-08 academic year, second-highest total ever for a conference and just one title shy of the all-time record of 14 set by the Pac-10 during the 1996-97 academic year. The Pac-10 total of 13 NCAA titles far outstripped any other conference. The Big Ten was runnerup with five NCAA crowns, followed by the ACC and SEC with four each. It marks the eighth time in the last nine years that the Pac-10 has topped all conferences in NCAA championships won. In addition to the 13 championships, Pac-10 teams posted runnerup finishes 11 times.

The women led the way for the Pac-10 with eight NCAA titles, easily the most of any conference, with the men contributing five crowns also the top figure among conferences. The depth of the Conference was shown by the fact seven different league schools claimed NCAA titles. Only six institutions claimed multiple NCAA titles this year, with four of them Pac-10 schools. Arizona State and UCLA were the only institutions to win three NCAA titles, with Arizona, USC, Penn State and Georgia each claiming two.

Arizona State won titles in softball and both men’s and women’s indoor track and field, while UCLA claimed titles in men’s golf, women’s tennis and women’s water polo. Arizona captured crowns in both men’s and women’s swimming, with USC winning women’s soccer and women’s golf. Single NCAA crowns were won by Oregon in men’s cross country, Stanford in women’s cross country and California in men’s water polo. Not included in these totals are the national championships won by Washington in men’s rowing, California in men’s rugby and Stanford in women’s rugby and synchronized swimming, championships not sponsored by the NCAA.

In addition, Stanford has clinched its 14th consecutive United State Sports Academy Directors’ Cup, with the final 2007-08 rankings also showing UCLA (2), Arizona State (4), California (7), USC (13), Washington (22), Oregon (26) and Arizona (27) all ranked in the top 30.

Following are the 2007-08 NCAA championships won by FBS conference members:

Conference Men/Combined Women Total
Pacific-10 5 8 13
Big Ten 3 2 5
Atlantic Coast 3 1 4
Southeastern 1 3 4
Big 12 2 0 2
Big East 1 0 1
Western Athletic 1 0 1

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Jill Painter is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles News Group, covering everything from the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, USC, UCLA, Kings, golf and all human interest stories in sports.
  • mindshed

    “In addition, Stanford has clinched its 14th consecutive United State Sports Academy Directors’ Cup”

    What the hell is the USSADC? Apparently Stanford is the best damn sports school in the universe. Who has won more national championships in that time frame, Stanford or UCLA (real question)?

  • BRUINS 1

    The Pac-10 rocks, no doubt. 13 National Championships, 11 runners-up. Also, consider that many of the runners-up were runners-up to another Pac-10 team.

    I agree – what the heck is the USSADC? What a joke, the Bruins win 3 National Championships to their 1, and we were runners-up in Women’s Soccer and Women’s Golf. Moreover, our football team beat theirs and our basketball team went 3-0 against them, and went further in the tournament. Ridiculous.