Our college football writer ranks the best football programs that also excel in basketball or basketball programs that excel in football. It works both ways:
Football in Lexington has always been underrated. Now, Mark Stoops is building a power, finishing 12th in the AP rankings. John Calipari keeps piling up lottery picks and victories.
Better mark this spot with an asterisk pending the outcome of cheating allegations against coach Will Wade. Football is rolling with Ed Orgeron in charge. Don’t be surprised if the Tigers compete for the playoffs this season.
The Ann Arbor school has a long history of success in both sports. Johnny Orr, Steve Fisher and now John Beilein haven’t seemed at all bothered by the shadow from football.
4. Ohio State
No arguing what sport ranks No. 1 in Columbus. But the place has produced all sorts of basketball stars. Current coach Chris Holtmann’s team is on the bubble for this year’s NCAA tournament.
The defending CFP champions are firmly on the tournament bubble. An 0-5 start in ACC play against a brutal schedule might cost them. Football’s national title eases the pain.
We will get to see Lincoln Riley’s skills as a coach now that quarterback Kyler Murray has moved to the NFL. There is no questioning the ability of basketball coach Lon Kruger, the former Illini leader who seemingly always has the Sooners in the mix for an NCAA tournament berth.
Chris Petersen has another CFP contender in Seattle. That pairs nicely with Mike Hopkins’ basketball team, which easily won the Pac-12.
Luke Fickell’s football team finished in the Top 25 and Mick Cronin’s basketball team is there, too. Beware of the Bearcats in March.
Tacko Fall and the Knights are on their way to the NCAA tournament. There is plenty of pressure in Orlando thanks to the football team, which has lost one game the last two seasons.
No surprise based on his work at Eastern Illinois that Dino Babers (below) is winning big with the Orange. On the court, Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim is approaching 1,000 wins.