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America's Best Sports Colleges In SI's ranking of all 324 Division I athletic programs, Stanford and Texas battled for the top

The lighting protocol for the UT Tower, the 27-story
administration building at the center of the Texas campus, is no
more complicated than, say, molecular biology. The Tower glows
orange at the top, with the rest of it bathed in white light,
when the football team wins a regular-season game or a non-BCS
bowl, unless the victim is rival Texas A&M, in which case the
entire building is orange. Otherwise a completely orange tower
means a Longhorns team has won a Big 12 title--or perhaps a
national title, though in that case white number 1's are also
displayed on the Tower's sides. Those are just some of the
guidelines. An incoming Texas student could easily spend the fall
semester trying to learn the rest.

At Stanford the system is simpler. "When you see someone from the
tennis or water polo or baseball team, it's like, 'Oh, you guys
just won the Pac-10 or the NCAAs again, didn't you? Congrats,'"
says junior Teyo Johnson, a wide receiver on the Cardinal
football team and a forward in basketball. "That's about it.
People win a lot around here."

People win a lot at both universities, which is the main reason
the top two spots in the SI rankings of the nation's best
Division I athletic programs for the 2001-02 school year belong
to Stanford and Texas. Or Texas and Stanford. Choosing between
them is almost as hard as getting the Cardinal's wacky band to
march in formation or walking across the Texas campus without
being Hook 'em Horned. The overriding personalities of their
programs may be different--Texas is earnest and passionate,
Stanford more casual and irreverent--but their success is
strikingly similar.

The logical way to settle the duel for No. 1 would be
head-to-head athletic competition, and it is a measure of the two
schools' wide-ranging excellence that there would be any number
of suitable venues. It could happen on the baseball diamond,
where Texas won the College World Series in June, eliminating
Stanford to reach the championship game. It could happen on the
tennis court, where the Cardinal women's team won the national
championship and the Longhorns women reached the round of 16 in
the NCAA tournament. It could happen in a pool, where the Texas
men's swimming and diving team won the national title, with
Stanford's finishing second.

Or they could settle it on the football field or basketball
court, because the two schools are just as formidable in the
revenue-producing sports. The Longhorns finished last season 11-2
and ranked fifth in the nation in football, and Stanford's 9-3
record included a trip to the inaugural Seattle Bowl. In
basketball the Cardinal was 20-10 and reached the second round of
the NCAAs; Texas, meanwhile, finished 22-12 and advanced one
round further, to the Sweet 16. The schools have an even richer
tradition in women's hoops, which they upheld last season, with
both Stanford (32-3) and Texas (22-11) reaching the Sweet 16.

Texas and Stanford are academic powerhouses. No school enrolled
more National Merit Scholars than Texas this fall, and Stanford
tied for fourth (behind Princeton, Harvard and Yale) in the
latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of best universities.
(Texas was 47th.) With a lofty 90% graduation rate for its
athletes, Stanford has the academic edge on nearly all other NCAA
schools, including Texas (56%).

Stanford also has the edge in the annual competition for the
Sears Directors' Cup, presented to the nation's best college
athletic program as measured by a points system based on
postseason performance in 20 of the 35 NCAA sports. There's more
Sears hardware at Stanford than at a carpenters' convention. The
Cardinal won the Cup for the eighth consecutive time in June,
with 11 teams finishing in the top 5 nationally in their sport
and 11 more placing in the top 10. Those include not only the
women's tennis champs but also NCAA titlists in women's
volleyball and men's and women's water polo. In second place?
Texas, which earned its highest rating ever.

But if the Longhorns lose some ground to Stanford in the
nonrevenue varsity sports, they more than make it up in their
extensive intramural and club sports programs. Stanford offers 25
club and IM sports, both mainstream and obscure--if you're not
interested in touch football, perhaps the cricket club is more
your style--but few schools can match the Longhorns' program. More
than 80% of Texas's 35,000 undergraduates participate in
recreational athletics, which include 82 intramural and club
sports ranging from basketball and softball to hiking and
billiards.

When Texas students aren't playing, they're often filling the
stands at sporting events on campus. Longhorns fans have been
known to sell out volleyball matches and softball games and turn
track meets into standing-room-only affairs. At spring and fall
football workouts it's not unusual to see spectators scrutinizing
players and making notes as if they were assistant coaches.
Although Texas's bigger crowds are due in part to the school's
having roughly five times as many undergraduates as Stanford, the
Cardinal can't quite match the intensity of the Longhorns'
overall devotion.

Stanford students prefer to turn quaint traditions on their ear;
witness the Stanford band--which, considering how often it's been
sanctioned after offensive routines, perhaps should be called the
Stanford Banned--and the Cardinal's powder-puff mascot, the
goofily dancing Tree, which would get its trunk butted by Bevo,
Texas's two-ton longhorn mascot. While Texas football players
sing The Eyes of Texas after every game, win or lose, the
Stanford theme is All Right Now, an old rock and roll tune. At
games, Texas students flash the Hook 'em Horns signal with their
index finger and pinkie while Stanford students often go the
smart-aleck route, with chants like, "We will, we will, employ
you!"

While each school can make a case for being named No. 1, this
year SI chooses Texas over Stanford in a photo finish. That's
mainly because the Longhorns performed slightly better than the
Cardinal in the big-ticket sports like football and because their
fans approach sports with just a touch more fervor. But it's
partly because we can't wait to see how the Longhorns light up
the Tower for this one.

Ratings compiled by Craig Neff, Andrea Woo, Martin Bell, Scott
Cacciola, Emily Cadei, Andre Carter, Jill Inkrott, Glenn Kaplan,
Cara O'Reilly and Amy Potter.

THE TOP 10

1. TEXAS 2. STANFORD

35,206 Undergrad enrollment 6,637

19 Varsity teams 34

42 Intramural sports 8

40 Club sports 17

$50 million Athletic budget $45 million

2nd '01-02 Sears Cup 1st
all-sports rank

1st '01-02 SI major- 3rd (tie)
sports rank

56% Athlete 90%

(170th) graduation rate (3rd, tie)

11-2 ( 5th) 2001 football 9-3 (16th)

22-12 '01-02 basketball 20-10
(18th/Sweet 16) (Round of 32)

24-10 '01-02 women's 32-3
(13th/Sweet 16) basketball (8th/Sweet 16)

57-15 (1st) '02 baseball 47-18 (4th)

2 NCAA team titles 4

6 NCAA individual titles 18

3. OKLAHOMA
Sooners made men's and women's Final Fours and just missed BCS
berth (football team finished No. 6). Gymnastics won NCAA title,
wrestling was No. 3 and softball No. 8. School is on the rise,
with rec facilities being upgraded (OU already has a top 10 golf
course) and hot coaches in Bob Stoops (football) and Kelvin
Sampson (basketball).

4. FLORIDA
Loss of Steve Spurrier to NFL one of few setbacks in year that
saw 11 Gators teams (including No. 3 football) finish in top 25.
Excellent women's programs and rabid student fans, who make the
Swamp a loud, nasty place to devour gridiron foes. Campus is a
rec-sports dreamland: 85% of students play intramurals.

5. SOUTH CAROLINA
Gamecocks finished No. 1 in women's track, No. 2 in baseball, No.
6 in women's basketball and No. 13 in football. A $48 million
recreation center will open in February. Insiders say: "It's an
exciting time to be a Carolina student. Thanks to Lou Holtz our
football game has finally caught up to our tailgating game."

6. LOUISIANA STATE
Tigers won men's and women's track titles, finished No. 7 in
football and led nation in baseball attendance for seventh
straight season. Alum Shaquille O'Neal had a decent year too. Few
college arenas rock harder than Tiger Stadium and the Deaf Dome.
Insiders say: "The worst part is recovering from all the football
parties."

7. MINNESOTA
No surprise that hockey team won its fourth NCAA title, but
wrestling squad won its second straight and unheralded Gophers
golfers were national champs too. Nine other teams made top 25,
including men's and women's cross-country and gymnastics. "The U"
has glorious football history, invented cheerleading and has
alums ranging from Bronko Nagurski to Yanni.

8. NORTH CAROLINA
In fall season alone Tar Heels won national title in men's
soccer, finished second in women's soccer and made top 20 in four
other sports. Football team produced two of first six NFL
draftees (Julius Peppers, Ryan Sims). Overall, 22 of 28 teams
made NCAA postseason. Did someone mention men's basketball
(8-20)? Didn't think so.

9. TENNESSEE
On top of usual success in football (final rank: No. 4) and
women's basketball (No. 3), Volunteers made top 5 in men's and
women's tennis and men's track (won NCAA indoor championship).
Knoxville school is so flush with sports riches that it has two
Olympic-sized pools--and excellent swimmers to put in them.

10. MICHIGAN
Wolverines led the nation in football attendance for 27th time in
28 years, and team made top 20. Ann Arbor was nirvana for both
kinds of hockey: women won national title in field version and
men were No. 4 on ice. Insiders say: "The best place to see a
game here is Yost Ice Arena. It's the Cameron Indoor Stadium of
college hockey."

THE SI 200
The best of the rest, plus the skinny on all 124 also-rans

How We Ranked Them

SI combined a variety of factors in arriving at its 2002 rankings
of Division I schools, including performance during the 2001-02
school year in the big five sports (baseball, football, hockey
and men's and women basketball); position in the '01-02 Sears Cup
NCAA all-sports standings; number of varsity, club and intramural
sports; range of recreational facilities; and whether or not
spirit-boosting events like Midnight Madness were held.

[G] Varsity athlete graduation rate of 67% or higher

11. UCLA SI's No. 1 school in '97 had 11 top 10 teams
last year, but none in major sports; its 10
individual titles were all won by women

12. OHIO STATE Top 10 in eight sports; top 20 in hockey,
hoops; students jump in freezing lake for
good luck in football against Michigan

13. GEORGIA Five minor-sports teams made top 5; six
NCAA individual champs; FB 8-4; has best
rec center (430,000 sq. ft., three pools)

14. COLORADO Football rout of Nebraska made Buffaloes'
year; won NCAA cross-country; top 10 in FB,
women's hoops; Boulder running capital of U.S.

15. NOTRE Baseball, both hoops teams made NCAAs;
DAME top 10 in six sports, but not football (5-6);
[G] intramurals include full-pads tackle FB

16. MIAMI National FB champs; baseball, four other
teams made top 20; hoops wilted in NCAAs;
fun IM: arena flag FB; beach 15 minutes away

17. NEBRASKA Top 10 in baseball, football, four women's
sports; flag-FB hotbed; one bogey: Johnny
Carson's alma mater dead last in Big 12 golf

18. ARIZONA Four top 5 women's teams (golf, softball
v-ball, X-C); No. 10 in hoops; disabled sports
big; Annika Sorenstam, Trevor Hoffman alums

19. DUKE Two top 5 hoops teams, No. 1 in women's
[G] golf, top 10 in lax, tennis; Achilles heel: FB
(0-11); alums: Elton Brand, John Feinstein

20. OREGON No. 2 in football, No. 6 in hoops; $90 million
[G] FB stadium expansion; heavenly running
trails; best sports-management school

21. SOUTHERN Won tennis, eight individual titles; No. 12 in
CAL baseball; first-round exit from hoops NCAAs;
has most men's team championships (71)

22. ILLINOIS First school in 18 years to sweep Big Ten FB
and hoops titles; Orange Krush fans rule;
claims to have invented homecoming (1910)

23. INDIANA Knight-less Hoosiers runners-up at Final
Four; IU also took second in NCAA soccer;
50 club sports; Little 500 bike race a gem

24. MARYLAND Terps' best combined showing in hoops (1st),
FB (10th); women No. 2 in field hockey, No. 8
in lax; alums: Steve Francis, Connie Chung

25. ARIZONA Alma mater of Barry Bonds, Phil Mickelson
STATE top 20 in baseball, golf, seven other sports;
fans toss tortillas when FB team scores

26. ALABAMA No. 1 in gymnastics; top 15 in baseball,
hoops; FB zapped by NCAA probation; NFL
draftees every year since '71 (four in '02)

27. CLEMSON Tigers top 5 in baseball, golf, track; FB won
a minor bowl; engineering students took
national concrete canoe championship

28. BRIGHAM Cougar women won NCAA cross-country,
YOUNG made hoops Sweet 16; FB ranked No. 24;
Salt Lake Olympics added sizzle to Provo

29. MICHIGAN No. 8 hockey team drew record 74,554 for
STATE game in FB stadium; hoops made NCAAs;
Izzone hoops cheering section good 'n rowdy

30. FLORIDA Politically incorrect Seminoles top 15 in FB,
STATE baseball, softball; spending $107 million on
facilities renovations; IM go-kart racing

31. UCONN Women's hoops (39-0) may have been best
college team ever, men made Elite Eight; FB
(2-9) struggling since move up to I-A in '99

32. WASHINGTON Had 11 top 20 teams; home of "sailgating":
No. 5 rowers shuttled fans from boats to
lakeside stadium to watch No. 19 FB team

33. AUBURN No. 1 in women's swimming, top 20 in seven
other sports; hoops last in SEC; campus
museum has Charles Barkley mannequin

34. CALIFORNIA Awful (1-10) in FB, but No. 1 in softball, rugby,
crew; top 20 in 10 other sports; swimmer
Natalie Coughlin a future Olympic star

35. ARKANSAS Nolan Richardson fiasco shook Hogs hoops,
but seven other teams made top 20; FB lost
Cotton Bowl; slew of new sports facilities

36. GEORGIA No. 2 in golf, No. 5 in baseball, top 25 in
TECH softball, FB; rec center (which houses
'96 Olympic pool) tripled to 300,000 sq. ft.

37. WISCONSIN Top 10 in X-C, women's v-ball; both hoops
teams in NCAAs; no bowl game for first time
since '96; invented hockey's "sieve!" chant

38. VIRGINIA Seven top 10 teams; women's hoops made
[G] NCAAs; three alums were on U.S. World Cup
squad; 94% of students use A+ rec facilities

39. WAKE Deacons made hoops, baseball NCAAs; Bea
FOREST Bielik won women's tennis title; strong IMs;
[G] students "roll the quad" with TP after big wins

40. PENN No. 1 fencers among five top 10 teams, but
STATE gridders 5-6, hoopsters 7-21; Christie
[G] Welch national soccer player of year

41. HARVARD Most varsity teams of any school (41);
[G] hockey finished No. 13; Ivy champ FB team
had first perfect season (9-0) since 1913

42. TEXAS Bob Knight's hiring has boosted enrollment
TECH applications, donations; coming: new golf
course, $84 million fix-up of FB facilities

43. BAYLOR Women's hoops, three other teams made
[G] top 20; strong intramurals (80% participate);
Quartermiler U produced Michael Johnson

44. KENTUCKY Top 10 in tennis, riflery; basketball team
made Sweet 16; football decline: from
Tim Couch to 2-9, NCAA probation

45. RICE No. 6 in baseball, top 25 in women's track,
[G] swimming; inventive Marching Owl Band
(MOB) tooted horns to 8-4 FB season

46. TEXAS Top 10 in four sports; FB 8-4; 20,000-plus
A&M fans go to Midnight Yell Practice before
football games; superb rec center

47. PURDUE Alma mater of 22 astronauts launched four
[G] teams into top 20, including women's hoops;
two campus golf courses; IM home run derby

48. WASHINGTON No. 10 in FB, top 20 in women's track; hot
STATE new rec center; has logger-sports club;
Drew Bledsoe, Keith Jackson alums

49. KANSAS Reached Final Four; unsurpassed at
Midnight Madness; Wilt's alma mater; James
Naismith buried five miles from campus

50. PEPPERDINE Amazing success for school of 3,000: both
hoops teams made NCAAs, top 10 in four
sports; Malibu campus overlooks Pacific

51. MISSISSIPPI John Grisham's alma mater No. 21 in hoops,
STATE top 20 in tennis, track; offers prized
degree in sports-turf management

52. CINCINNATI Finished No. 8 in hoops; perennial No. 1
in--surprise!--intercollegiate cricket;
plans major upgrade of weak rec facilities

53. KANSAS Women made top 20 in hoops, track, v-ball,
STATE but FB fell from 11-3 to 6-6; Harleys circle
stadium before annual biker-tribute FB game
54. BOSTON Both hoops teams made NCAAs; No. 21 in
COLLEGE FB; 2,000-plus students drive 15 hours to
[G] South Bend when BC plays Notre Dame in FB

55. MISSOURI Quin Snyder-led hoops team No. 15; indoor
track, wrestling, women's gymnastics also
made top 20; Sheryl Crow, Brad Pitt alums

56. PRINCETON Top Ivy (21st) in NCAA all-sports rankings,
[G] but FB 3-6, hockey 11-18, hoops missed Big
Dance; women No. 1 in lacrosse, men No. 2

57. NORTH Hoops No. 25; rising FB program; golf, both
CAROLINA X-C teams made top 10; has produced more
STATE four-star generals than any school but Army

58. SYRACUSE NCAA champ in lacrosse, No. 14 in FB; four
[G] top 20 women's teams; zip code is 13244
to honor 44 worn by Jim Brown and others

59. KENT STATE Hoops team made Cinderella run to Elite
Eight; Golden Flashes No. 9 in field hockey;
alma mater of Lou Holtz and Arsenio Hall

60. OKLAHOMA Four top 20 teams, including wrestling (5th);
STATE hoops made NCAAs; FB 4-7 but beat hated
Oklahoma; Cowboys have ice hockey club

61. IOWA STATE Best college wrestler ever, Cael Sanderson
(159-0), led Cyclones grapplers to No. 2
finish; four women's teams made top 20

62. IOWA Wrestling 4th at NCAAs, gymnastics 5th;
three other top 25 teams; FB won Alamo
Bowl; John Irving, Tom Brokaw alums

63. VANDERBILT Commodores had five top 20 teams, led by
[G] No. 5 women's basketball; only SEC school
ranked in U.S. News academic top 25

64. TCU Alma mater of Dan Jenkins made top 25 in
golf, women's hoops, women's tennis; Horned
Frogs blow 120-decibel train horn after wins

65. UTAH Women 3rd in skiing, 4th in gymnastics,
15th in v-ball; FB won Vegas Bowl; hoops
made NCAAs; dorms were Olympic village

66. HAWAII Rainbows No. 1 in men's volleyball, No. 13 in
women's; hoops made NCAAs; FB 9-3;
fans wave fronds for luck; no surfing club

67. PITTSBURGH Hoops made Sweet 16; improved 7-5 FB
team; top 25 swim squad; was first school
to wear numbers on FB jerseys (1908)

68. COLORADO Three women's teams made top 25 (hoops,
STATE volleyball, X-C); Rams' FB squad played
in its third straight bowl; good rodeo club

69. NORTHERN Panthers reached I-AA FB semis; top 20
IOWA in three sports; women's rugby won second
straight D-II title; Kurt Warner an alum

70. MAINE Bears were No. 2 in hockey, made NCAAs
[G] in baseball, I-AA FB; school sports events
aired on Stephen King-owned radio station

71. FRESNO Produced No. 1 NFL pick David Carr,
STATE Clippers first-rounder Melvin Ely, three-time
125-lb. wrestling champ Stephen Abas

72. PENN Hoops made NCAAs; FB 8-1; No. 9 in
[G] fencing, No. 11 in wrestling; fans like to throw
toast; new rec center has golf simulator

73. DENVER Who needs a FB team? Winter-sport power
[G] won third straight skiing title, finished No. 5
in hockey, No. 14 in women's gymnastics

74. CORNELL No. 9 in hockey; both lax teams made top 5;
[G] No. 1 in women's polo; has America's
biggest indoor natural-rock climbing wall

75. MONTANA I-AA FB champ; hoops made NCAAs;
great school for skiing, hiking, fishing;
alums: Carroll O'Connor, Marty Mornhinweg

76. BOSTON Terriers No. 6 in hockey, No. 16 in women's
UNIVERSITY X-C; men's hoops made NCAAs; alum Mike
[G] Eruzione lit Salt Lake Olympic cauldron

77. VILLANOVA Women's hoops made NCAAs; top 10 in X-C,
[G] indoor track; Atlantic 10 FB champ; athlete
in every Summer Olympics since '48

78. VIRGINIA Top 20 in tennis, FB, golf; only school known
TECH as Hokies; FB fans do hokeypokey after
[G] third quarter; had eight NFL draftees in '02

79. NEW Wildcats 3rd in hockey, 9th in skiing;
HAMPSHIRE strong in women's gymnastics; top team in
[G] Hockey East's new women's division

80. NORTHERN Top 15 in X-C; Harleys lead I-AA playoff FB
ARIZONA team into stadium; four NFL coaches were
Lumberjacks assistants; 7,000-foot altitude

81. SOUTH Bulls made top 25 in baseball, three other
FLORIDA sports; fun IM: Average Joe Olympics (FB
throw, etc.); Gigi Fernandez tennis coach

82. FURMAN Paladins No. 2 in I-AA FB; LPGAers Betsy
King, Dottie Pepper, Beth Daniels alums of
small S.C. school; cheer: "FU all the time!"

83. MISSISSIPPI Rebels No. 9 in tennis; hoops made NCAAs;
Eli Manning-QB'd FB team went 7-4;
catchy but nonsensical "Hotty Toddy" cheer

84. SMU Life after Death Penalty: three top 10s
(track, soccer, women's swimming), four
NCAA individual titles; 15 hoops wins; FB 4-7

85. HOUSTON Baseball was No. 10, women's swimming
No. 22; two NCAA individual diving titles;
spiffy new rec center; FB a disaster (0-11)

86. GEORGIA Six-time I-AA FB champ Eagles made
SOUTHERN '01 semis; third straight trip to baseball
NCAAs; FB field known for swarms of gnats

87. FLORIDA Owls' hoops, baseball teams made NCAAs;
ATLANTIC Boca Raton school has palm-tree-lined
fields; paintball club; Carrot Top an alum

88. GEORGETOWN Paul Tagliabue's alma mater 0-6 in Patriot
[G] League FB (3-7 overall); hoops went 19-11;
women made top 5 in lacrosse, X-C

89. NORTHWESTERN Top 20 in swimming, women's tennis, but
[G] FB crashed (4-7); odd tradition: throwing
marshmallows into tuba at FB games

90. TULANE Made NCAAs in baseball, women's hoops;
[G] set college baseball crowd record (27,673
in Superdome in April); FB fell to 3-9

91. LOUISVILLE FB won Liberty Bowl; baseball made NCAAs;
No. 2 in hoops attendance behind Kentucky;
Poland's ex-national coach runs fencing club

92. BROWN Champs in women's rowing, No. 2 in women's
[G] ice hockey; major facility upgrades under way;
alums: Joe Paterno, Ted Turner, Chris Berman

93. NEW MEXICO No. 4 in skiing; women's basketball made
NCAAs; has rodeo club, intramural
mountaineering; the Pit is a classic arena

94. TULSA Both golf teams in top 12; hoops made
NCAAs; FB 1-10; sometimes fills school
swim pool with bass for intramural fishing

95. YALE Lightweight crew, fencer Sada Jacobsen
[G] NCAA champs; No. 13 in women's X-C;
great golf course; Dick Ebersol an alum

96. TOLEDO Rockets 23rd in FB, 14th in golf; dorms right
next to stadium; FB video-game tournament
popular; Blue Crew fans don Jason masks

97. LIBERTY Jerry Falwell-founded Va. school made
women's hoops NCAAs; 15th in women's
track; 3-8 in I-AA FB; 3rd in national flag FB

98. UNLV Women's hoops went to NCAAs, men to NIT;
top 25 golf team; strength coach Mark
Philippi holds America's Strongest Man title

99. RUTGERS David Stern's school 18-13 in basketball;
[G] top 10 in soccer, fencing; FB went 2-9;
pedal-car derby an offbeat intramural

100. WICHITA Shockers top 20 in baseball, top 40 in track;
STATE mediocre hoops team draws 8,300 a game;
12 national bowling titles; alum: Bill Parcells

101. XAVIER Hot hoops program made NCAAs, had best
[G] record ever (25-5); women's riflery team
No. 3 in nation; Cincy school has no FB team

102. EAST Baseball made NCAA regional; FB played
CAROLINA in GMAC Bowl; Greenville, N.C., school has
snowboarding club; fans dress as Pirates

103. CAL STATE- Southern Calif. school made baseball
FULLERTON NCAAs; No. 9 in softball, top 25 in women's
fencing and gymnastics; alum: Phil Nevin

104. OLD Storied women's hoops program; Monarchs
DOMINION made Elite Eight in '02; new arena set to
open; No. 1 in women's sailing; no FB

105. WEST Mountaineers No. 7 in riflery; mascot shoots
VIRGINIA musket; 13th in wrestling, 19th in women's
gymnastics; Country Road played after wins

106. FLORIDA Five teams made NCAAs, including baseball,
INTERNATIONAL women's basketball; launched FB (I-AA);
students from 144 nations; alum: Pat Bradley

107. LONG Top 30 baseball team known as Dirtbags
BEACH at Jason Giambi's alma mater; No. 2
STATE in women's v-ball; has beach-bowling club

108. DARTMOUTH Seventh in skiing, 13th in women's soccer; FB
[G] 1-8; 34 varsity teams; Winter Carnival a
snow-and-ice sportsfest; alum: Jay Fiedler

109. AIR FORCE Top 40 in four sports; all 4,000 cadets
[G] march on field at every FB game; all must
play a club, IM or varsity sport every semester

110. OREGON Top 20 in women's gymnastics, softball;
STATE losing year in FB, hoops; 26 clubs include
four for different styles of horseback riding

111. RICHMOND Spiders baseball team No. 16; hoops made
[G] NIT; FB rivalry with William & Mary is South's
oldest; alums: Sean Casey, Brian Jordan

112. WILLIAM & Tribe reached I-AA FB playoffs; stadium
MARY designed for both FB and livestock shows;
[G] IMG founder Mark McCormack an alum

113. SOUTH Baseball, golf, both tennis teams made
ALABAMA NCAAs; Jaguars to launch FB in '04; Luis
Gonzalez an alum; chant: "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

114. CENTRAL Chippewas finished in top 25 in softball,
MICHIGAN women's gymnastics; alma mater of Dick
Enberg, Dan Majerle; school has no mascot

115. JAMES Dukes made NCAA baseball regionals;
MADISON spelunking club explores Virginia caves;
[G] more sports (28) than most schools

116. ST. JOHN'S Red Storm made hoops NCAAs; No. 3 in
(N.Y.) soccer; three fencers won national titles;
alums: Mario Cuomo, Jayson Williams

117. SAN JOSE No. 24 in women's v-ball, No. 25 in baseball;
STATE judo powerhouse; rarity: most of FB staff is
black; Bill Walsh, Dick Vermeil alums

118. MARQUETTE Top 20 in hoops, women's X-C; women's
[G] soccer made NCAAs; used to have IM event
combining sumo and slam dunk contest

119. PORTLAND Alma mater of Kasey Keller, Tiffany Milbrett
made both soccer NCAAs; top 10 in X-C;
one-fifth the size of rival Portland State

120. PACIFIC Tigers from Calif. No. 9 in women's v-ball,
top 25 in golf; fans paint bodies orange;
alums: agents Scott Boras, Leonard Armato

121. SOUTHERN Hoops made Sweet 16 but FB went 1-10;
ILLINOIS holds cardboard-boat regatta; roller-hockey
is big; Walt Frazier, Steve Finley alums

122. NEVADA Reno school finished No. 6 in skiing, No. 10
in riflery; three NCAA individual champs;
boxing club faces foes like Air Force

123. UMASS No. 1 overall in Atlantic 10; five Minutemen
teams made top 20, including lax (5th),
field hockey (9th), gymnastics (9th)

124. SANTA CLARA Brandi Chastain's alma mater won NCAA
women's soccer title; just renovated arena
where Steve Nash played his college hoops

125. WESTERN FB made I-AA playoffs, basketball made
KENTUCKY NCAAs; flourishing intramurals program
includes Ugly Pants golf tournament

126. SAN DIEGO Basketball made NCAAs; both tennis teams
STATE in top 40; Tony Gwynn is baseball coach;
Marshall Faulk, Joe Gibbs are alums

127. UC SANTA Jim Rome's school made NCAAs in men's,
BARBARA women's hoops; surfing big on oceanfront
campus; Gauchos band even plays surf tunes

128. CENTRAL Atlantic Sun's No. 1 athletic school made
FLORIDA baseball NCAAs, had winning records in all
major sports; alum: Daunte Culpepper

129. EASTERN No. 1 overall in Ohio Valley Conf.; football
ILLINOIS made I-AA playoffs; women's sports strong;
alums: Mike Shanahan, John Malkovich

130. VIRGINIA Richmond school made baseball NCAAs;
COMMONWEALTH both tennis teams finished in top 20; no
FB; Tigers catcher Brandon Inge an alum

131. SOUTHERN- Jaguars won SWAC titles in seven sports,
BATON ROUGE including women's hoops; FB 7-4; four
players drafted from 45-10 baseball team

132. LEHIGH FB unbeaten until loss in I-AA playoffs; Rob
Rohn NCAA 184-pound wrestling champ;
set school record for baseball wins (29)

133. SOUTHWEST Made NCAAs in baseball; winning records
MISSOURI in all major sports; 6-5 best FB mark since
STATE '96; Bill Mueller, John Goodman alums

134. ORAL No. 1 sports school in Mid-Continent; made
ROBERTS baseball NCAAs; Frank Lloyd Wright
designed arena; Kathy Lee Gifford an alum

135. BOISE STATE Top 25 in wrestling, women's gymnastics;
blue artificial turf for FB; winners of IM
Toilet Bowl game get names etched on toilet

136. APPALACHIAN FB-minded N.C. school made I-AA playoffs;
STATE fans jump in pond after wins; good for
rock climbing, whitewater rafting

137. GONZAGA Zags from Spokane finished No. 16 in
[G] basketball, made soccer NCAAs; no
football team; John Stockton an alum

138. MARSHALL Randy Moss's W.Va. alma mater went 11-2
to win MAC FB title; alum LeeAnn Parsley
took silver medal in skeleton at Salt Lake

139. PROVIDENCE Two top 10 X-C teams; women's hockey
[G] won ECAC title; no FB or baseball;
alums: Lenny Wilkens, Lou Lamoriello

140. MURRAY Ky. school made hoops NCAAs; No. 4 in
STATE women's riflery; thoroughbred circles track
before Racers home football games

141. AMERICAN D.C. school No. 14 in soccer; regular-season
[G] hoops champ in Patriot League; students
from 165 countries, athletes from a dozen

142. DRAKE Women made Sweet 16; Iowa school's last
losing FB season was '91 (team 5-5 in '01);
students do street paintings for annual relays

143. TEMPLE Women's hoops (coached by two-time
Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley) made
NCAAs, men the NIT; 15th in women's lax

144. NORTH Seahawks made basketball NCAAs for
CAROLINA- fourth time in five years; has intramural
WILMINGTON par-3 golf; students surf in nearby Atlantic
[G]

145. ALABAMA- Blazers ninth in soccer, third in synchro
BIRMINGHAM swimming; students love Friday golf IM; DE
Bryan Thomas N.Y. Jets' No. 1 pick in '02