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The Lady Bears earned the right to celebrate following their national title win against Notre Dame. It is Baylor women’s third national title, and helped the Bears to a third-place finish in the Tribune-Herald’s Big 12 All-Sports standings.

With a strong finish in several high profile sports, many Texas Tech fans proclaimed 2018-19 the “Year of the Matador.”

They had good reason as the men’s track team won the outdoor national title, the men’s basketball team was the national runner-up, and the baseball team made the College World Series semifinals.

Oklahoma fans had a right to be proud of their programs after Lincoln Riley’s football team made the College Football Playoff for the second straight year and the softball team was the national runner-up after losing to UCLA in the finals.

Baylor athletics delivered a strong year with the women’s basketball team winning its third national championship under Kim Mulkey and the soccer team winning the Big 12 and advancing to the Elite Eight under the guidance of Paul Jobson.

But when it comes to depth throughout its athletic program, nobody beats Texas.

For the 16th time in the last 19 years, the Longhorns won the Tribune-Herald’s Big 12 All-Sports championship because they had so many high performing teams across the board.

It wasn’t close as Texas beat second-place Oklahoma by a whopping 52 points. Baylor finished a close third behind the Sooners while Texas Tech nudged Oklahoma State for fourth.

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The Oklahoma Sooners fell just short of a national title, becoming runners-up to UCLA in the Women’s College World Series this season. It was one of the reasons the Sooners finished in second place in overall sports rankings for the Tribune-Herald’s Big 12 All-Sports standing.

The Longhorns survived a last-place finish by their baseball team and an underachieving men’s basketball team that failed to make the NCAA tournament because so many other programs took up the slack.

Taking over a men’s tennis program shrouded in controversy, interim coach Bruce Berque guided the Longhorns to the national title with a 4-1 win over defending national champion Wake Forest.

It was a dramatic finish after Texas fired men’s tennis coach Michael Center, who agreed to plead guilty of taking a $100,000 bribe in 2015 to admit a student into the university.

Center was implicated in a nation-wide college admissions scandal in which he and other defendants were charged with conspiring with William “Rick” Singer, who helped bribe SAT and ACT exam administrators, as well as bribing university coaches and administrators to facilitate students’ entrance into universities across the country.

After Berque guided the Longhorns to a 15-2 record and the national title, Texas stripped his interim tag and named him the fifth head men’s tennis coach in school history on May 23. Berque had previously been Texas’ associate head coach under Center.

“It was a no-brainer,” said Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte. “We actually made the decision before we left for the national championship. We had done our due diligence around the country, and we had the very best right in our own backyard.

“Sometimes you might think the grass is greener somewhere else, but with where we are right now and what Bruce has done with the program, from the time he took it over, we knew he was the right man to lead our program. The championship was just the icing on the cake.”

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Head coach Tom Herman led the Longhorns’ football team to a 10-win season with a bowl victory over Georgia. The ’Horns easily had the best overall record in the Tribune-Herald’s Big 12 All-Sports standings.

Longtime Texas swimming and diving coach Eddie Reese led the men’s team to a second-place national finish while the women’s team placed ninth. Texas’ women’s rowing team also placed second at nationals behind powerful Washington.

In his second year at the helm of the Longhorns’ football program, Tom Herman’s squad made a significant jump as it finished 10-4 following his 7-6 debut season.

The Longhorns placed second behind the Sooners in the Big 12 and capped the season with a 28-21 win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Herman was awarded a two-year contract extension following the season.

“We’ve done some good things, but have so much more we are preparing to accomplish,” Herman said. “I’m excited for the future.”

The Longhorns’ men’s golf team reached the national championship final before losing to Stanford. The women’s golf team finished fifth in the NCAA championships, its best since 2003.

The women’s volleyball team won the Big 12 and reached the region finals before losing to BYU.

Hosting the NCAA outdoor track championships, the Texas men finished ninth while the women were No. 10. The women’s indoor track team won the Big 12 and recorded a 12th-place finish at the national meet.

The Longhorns’ women’s tennis team won the Big 12, but lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Texas A&M.


Big 12 All-Sports Standings

SPORT Rank Pts Rank Pts Rank Pts Rank Pts Rank Pts Rank Pts Rank Pts Rank Pts Rank Pts Rank Pts
MEN'S SPORTS UT OU BAY TECH OSU ISU KU TCU KSU WVU
Baseball 9 1 7 3 2 10 1 13 3 11 -- -- 5 5 6 6 8 2 4 8
Basketball 6 5 7 6 4 9 1 13.5 9 2 5 9 3 10 8 3 1 11.5 10 1
Cross country 3 9 7 4 8 3 6 5 2 10 1 12 3 7 9 2 5 6 -- --
Football 2 12 1 14 6 7 8 3 9 4 3 10 10 1 5 8 7 4 4 9
Golf 3 11.5 3 10.5 6 7 5 7 1 14 8 4 9 3 2 12 7 4 10 2
Track 3 10 6 4 6 6 1 13 4 6 2 10 3 10 9 3 4 8 -- --
Swimming/diving 1 7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3 1 -- -- 2 2
Tennis 1 11 5 4 2 9 4 5 6 3 -- -- -- -- 3 7 -- -- -- --
Wrestling -- -- 3 2 -- -- -- -- 1 8 2 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 4 1
MEN OVERALL 1 66.5 6 47.5 4 51 2 59.5 3 58 5 50 7 36 8 42 9 35.5 10 23
WOMEN'S SPORTS UT OU BAY TECH OSU ISU KU TCU KSU WVU
Basketball 3 10 8 1.5 1 16 8 1.5 7 4 2 11 10 1 6 5 4 8.5 4 6.5
Cross country 5 8 6 6 9 3 7 5 2 11 1 13 10 2 8 4 10 2 4 8
Equestrian -- -- -- -- 1 4 -- -- 2 2 -- -- -- -- 3 1 -- -- -- --
Golf 1 13 3 8 2 9 5 6 6 4 8 3 7 3 4 7 9 1 -- --
Gymnastics -- -- 1 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- 4 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 3 1
Rowing 1 8 2 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4 2 -- -- 3 3 5 1
Soccer 3 10 7 4 1 13 5 8 9 2 8 3 6 7 4 9 10 1 2 12
Softball 3 8 1 12 7 1 4 6 2 9 5 6 6 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Swimming/diving 1 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5 1 2 4 4 2 -- -- 3 3
Tennis 1 12 5 8 8 3 4 9 2 11 9 2 3 12 6 7 7 4 10 1
Track 1 13 3 8 6 5 2 12 5 6 6 5 4 7 9 2 2 11 9 2
Volleyball 1 12 3 7.5 2 10 7 3 -- -- 3 7.5 5 5 6 4 8 2 9 1
WOMEN OVERALL 1 102 2 69 3 64 6 50.5 7 49 4 52.5 5 52 8 41 10 32.5 9 35.5
UT OU BAY TECH OSU ISU KU TCU KSU WVU
TOTAL COMBINED 1 168.5 2 116.5 3 115 4 110 5 107 6 102.5 7 88 8 83 9 68 10 58.5

HOW THE BIG 12 ALL-SPORTS STANDINGS ARE CALCULATED

For sports in which standings are kept, points are based on conference finish and number of teams competing (10 for first, nine for second, etc., in 10-team sports; six for first, five for second in six-team sports, and so on). In other sports, points are based on finish in conference tournaments or meets. Extra points as follows:

Football: Two for a bowl berth, plus one for a top 15 finish in the AP or coaches’ polls, two for a top 4 finish or three for a national championship

Baseball and softball: two for a NCAA tournament berth, plus one for a Big 12 tournament championship, plus one for super regionals, two for CWS semifinal berth or three for a national title

Basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball: two for an NCAA tournament berth, plus one for a Big 12 tournament title (except volleyball), plus one for a Sweet 16 berth, two for a Final Four berth or three for a national title

Golf and cross country: one for an NCAA regional berth, plus one for an NCAA championship berth, plus one for a top 15 finish, two for a top 4 or three for a national title.

Track: Only the highest total of indoor and outdoor track is counted.

Swimming and diving: two for an NCAA top 20 finish, plus one for a Top 10 finish, two for a top 4 or three for a national title

Gymnastics and rowing: two for an NCAA finals berth plus one for a top 4 finish or three for a national title

Wrestling: Two for an NCAA top 20 finish, plus one for a top 10 finish, two for a top 4 or three for a national title

Equestrian: One for Big 12 equestrian tournament championship. Points are not awarded for NCEA national championship tournament since it isn’t an NCAA championship sport.

Note: Points are not awarded for acrobatics and tumbling since it isn’t a Big 12 sport.

Ties in the standings in a given sport are broken by head-to-head results, when applicable.

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