The NCAA Baseball Tournament field was announced Monday, which means it’s time to take our annual peak at which FBS schools reached the postseason in each of the three major men’s sports. Or, in other words, some ADs’ favorite pages on the entire internet.
No one in 2015-16 managed to approach Louisville’s historic success in 2012-13, when the Cardinals won the Big East and Sugar Bowl in football, claimed the men’s basketball national championship and reached the College World Series on the diamond. And, as fate would have it, Louisville would have joined the list again this year after Bobby Petrino’s bunch won the Music City Bowl and the hardball team claimed the No. 2 overall seed, but Rick Pitino’s 23-win basketball team self-imposed an NCAA Tournament ban.
Of the 214 spots awarded spread across 41 bowl games, 68-team March Madness and the 64-team baseball tournament, only seven schools managed to claim spots in each of them. Only the ACC and Pac-12 submitted multiple teams to the list, while the Big Ten did not qualify at all. Save for Texas A&M, none of these programs will rank at the top of their respective conferences’ spending lists. What they do share in common: smart coaching hires.
Without further ado, the full list: