Any doubt that the University of Florida had the dominant athletics program in the Southeastern Conference during the 2013-14 school year was put to rest Monday as the university was named the SEC All-Sports Award champion for the sixth-straight season by the Halifax Media Group. Sweeping all three titles – overall, men’s and women’s – the Florida Gators won the women’s crown but a large margin but squeaked out the overall and men’s titles.[table “56” not found /]
Florida is the only school to sweep all three awards in a single season, accomplishing the feat for the 14th time, seventh in the last eight years and sixth-in-a-row (2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14). UF has now won 24 overall titles (including eight-straight), 21 women’s titles and 18 men’s titles.
All 16 of the Gators’ sports (nine women’s, seven men’s) were counted with cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field combined into one unit per gender. (The lacrosse program competes in the American Lacrosse Conference.) Scoring was adjusted last year by the Halifax Media Group to account for the two teams (Missouri, Texas A&M) and one sport (equestrian) that were added to the conference.
Florida won five SEC titles over this period – basketball, baseball, soccer, men’s swimming, women’s indoor track & field – compared to a a school- and league-record eight in 2012-13. UF basketball captured both the regular-season and tournament championships.
The Gators lead the SEC with 218 all-time team titles.
The SEC All-Sports titles were previously awarded by The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group from 1994-95 to 2010-11. The Gainesville Sun, which is owned by Halifax Media Group, released the results on Monday.