CBS Sports Rates Ohio State 4th Across All Sports

By Kyle Rowland on July 12, 2013 at 12:03p
The leader of Ohio State's golden age.

Ohio State fans enjoy bashing Gene Smith, but the truth is the athletic department is enjoying its golden age. CBS Sports is in the midst of unveiling a ranking list that rates each athletic department's sports programs for the past season. The Buckeyes check in at No. 4. 

Down years aren't part of Ohio State's model, but the 2012-13 seasons weren't supposed to yield so many wins. Winning just comes naturally in Columbus, though. Football, men's basketball, men's tennis, men's lacrosse, women's rowing, fencing and other teams enjoyed rousing success. 

"It's not just the success of two sports or three sports; it's the success of 36 sports," men's lacrosse coach Nick Myers said. "We want to see Ohio State at the top of that list. With the coaches that are here, and the athletes and the academics, there's no reason Ohio State can't continue to be in that conversation."

The dedication of athletic director Gene Smith and the resources of the university have enabled smaller sports to be competitive nationally.

"He allows you the freedom to run your program," Myers said. "He provides the resources and he's an incredible communicator. The way they work with us as coaches, you feel just as important as the next coach, you feel part of the Buckeye nation, the Buckeye family. That cohesion comes from him."


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OSUStu's picture

In what way is this a measure of athletic programs across all sports?  It is a measure of the usual suspects plus one "wild card" sport.
The article mentions our surge in other sports but only seems to count one of them.
Best in College Sports:
No. 4 Ohio State
Football            255
Men's BB          146
Women's BB     10
Baseball           0
WC (Wrestling) 73.5
Total 484.5
WC - wild card sport

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

AndyVance's picture

Good catch - went to look at the forumla and had the same conclusion. Ohio State does so well in so many other sports, we probably should rank higher, though Standord always wins the "every sport rated equally" forumla comparison.

OSUStu's picture

Also, I know the wrestling team did well.  But how about men's tennis as our Wild Card?  This is kind of a goofy article.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

AndyVance's picture

I dug up the Director's Cup standings from 2011/12 (the most recent final year standings available at this point), and found that Ohio State ranked 4th, behind Stanford, Florida and UCLA.
On the one hand, I apprciate that CBS wanted to weight the importance of football and basketball, but your point is really valid: Ohio State won titles in boatloads of sports this year, and that ought to be worth something...

AndyVance's picture

Given the national title winners and contenders we've had in so many "non-revenue" sports as of late, I'm honestly surprised we're not ranked even higher...
Looking at the formula, though, I'm guessing that Louisville and Stanford are both in the top three, but I can't quite peg the third.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Florida perhaps?

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

AndyVance's picture

Sounds about right.

buckeye1129's picture

Florida has been #1 or 2 on these type of lists every year since 2005, which is the year that they won their first of two straight Bball championships and the year before they pulled the football/basketball national championship sweep (can't remember who they played.  Oh well...). Ever since then, they probably honestly have been either the best or the second best sports school in the country.  It would have been cool to see OSU in the top 3, but 4 is as close as you can get, obviously.

buckeye1129's picture

What is it that Stanford does so well outside of football?  I feel like since 2000 the only notable basketball teams they have had were the 2003/04 team that nearly went undefeated but was bounced in the 2nd round of the Tourney, and then the teams with the Lopez brothers on them.  So, what gives?

RBuck's picture

Golf is their biggie. Of course the Buckeyes aren't too shabby at that either.

Long live the southend.

DLB1276's picture

Louisville is going to be #1...Guess I'm going to have to hear about that from all my UofL friends.

buckeye1129's picture

This is the one year they will rank above Ohio State in this poll.  Let them be a little proud until football season, thereupon they will be dragged back down to reality and from the looks of things, you will then be the one who will have a superabundant amount of things to gloat about.  Let them celebrate their crazy good basketball team and they deserve a pat on the back for embarrassing Florida from literally the first play from scrimmage.

FROMTHE18's picture

In other news: ESPN rates Ohio State 110th Across All Sports

Buckeyeneer's picture

As I noted in my post on this topic, This article wasn't very well researched as there was no mention of Urban Meyer killing a guy.

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unholy bucknut's picture

Just something else we beat ttun in. Killin it.

Knarcisi's picture

Florida, USC, and UCLA top 3?

captain obvious's picture

The numbers are wrong I have Ohio State number 1 by a huge margin

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onetwentyeight's picture

Top 3 = Florida, Texas, ...? USC/UCLA?