Sweeping the 'Big Three' championships

May, 29, 2012
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The SEC has a chance to do something that has been done only two other times in history, and that's to win national championships in football, men's basketball and baseball all in the same school year.

The Pac-12 (then the Pac-10) has done it twice, both times during UCLA's historic run in basketball. USC won the 1972 national title in football, and UCLA followed up with its seventh straight title in basketball in the winter. USC then completed the sweep with its fourth of five straight baseball national titles in the spring.

A few years earlier, USC won the 1967 national championship in football. UCLA won the 1967-68 national title in basketball, and USC captured the 1968 baseball national title. USC won six of seven baseball national championships from 1968-74.

To join the Pac-12 in the exclusive "Sweep" club, the SEC needs one of its eight teams in the 2012 NCAA baseball tournament to win it all. Florida is the No. 1 overall seed, while LSU is No. 7 and two-time defending champion South Carolina is No. 8.

Already, Alabama has won the 2011 football national championship, and Kentucky took home the 2011-12 basketball national championship in April.

Kentucky was one of the eight SEC schools making the NCAA tournament field in baseball this year. Alabama did not make the field. If one of the SEC schools other than Kentucky wins the baseball national championship, it would mark the first time in history that three different schools from the same conference took home national titles in football, men's basketball and baseball in the same school year.

Chris Low | email

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