A Year To Remember
Built on a firm foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic performance, the Conference ushers in a new era with the additions of the University of Colorado and University of Utah, officially becoming the Pac-12 Conference on July 1, 2011.
The Pac-12 rises above the rest, upholding its tradition as the "Conference of Champions" ®, claiming an incredible 180 NCAA team titles over the past two decades, including nine in 2010-11, averaging nearly nine championships per academic year. Even more impressive has been the breadth of the Pac-12's success, with championships coming in 27 different men's and women's sports. The Pac-12 has led the nation in NCAA Championships in 45 of the last 51 years and finished second five times.
" With the inclusion of CU and UU, league teams have captured 442 NCAA titles, outdistancing the next closest conference by nearly 200.
Spanning nearly a century of outstanding athletics achievements, the Pac-12 was the first conference to reach 400 championships in 2010-11. With the inclusion of CU and UU, league teams have captured 442 NCAA titles (302 men's, 140 women's), outdistancing the next closest conference by nearly 200.
The Conference's reputation is further proven in the annual Learfield Sports Directors' Cup competition, the prestigious award that honors the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country. STANFORD continued its remarkable run and won its unprecedented 17th-consecutive Directors' Cup in 2010-11. Six of the top 25 Division I programs were Pac-12 member institutions: No. 1 STANFORD, No. 3 CALIFORNIA, No. 11 UCLA, No. 14 USC, No. 16 ARIZONA and No. 21 WASHINGTON. With two teams in the top five, it was the most of any conference.
The 2010-11 campaign was marked by the 25-year anniversary of women's sports in the Pac-10, with year-long focus on the milestone. And after commissioner Larry Scott made history at the end of his first year with the announcement of the expansion of the Conference to include the University of Colorado and the University of Utah, he put the Conference on the forefront, announcing a landmark television deal, which is set to go into affect in 2012-13, and established a Pac-12 Football Championship game in 2011.
|2010-11 Pac-10 Championships|
|Swimming & Diving||Stanford|
|Track & Field (Outdoor)||Oregon|
|Swimming & Diving||Stanford|
|Track & Field (Outdoor)||Oregon|
In 2010-11, the then-Pac-10 led the country with nine NCAA titles, with men's and women's programs sharing the wealth as the Conference claimed five NCAA women's titles and four men's crowns.
CALIFORNIA, STANFORD and USC each won two NCAA Championships, while six different league institutions claimed titles. The Golden Bears swept the men's and women's swimming and diving crowns; the Cardinal hoisted the national championship trophy in men's gymnastics and women's water polo; and the Trojans were tops in men's water polo and men's tennis.
Claiming titles in softball (ARIZONA STATE), women's indoor track & field (OREGON), and women's golf (UCLA), the Pac-10 also had runners-up in 10 NCAA Championship events: women's volleyball (CALIFORNIA), women's soccer (STANFORD), women's gymnastics (UCLA), women's rowing (STANFORD), women's tennis (STANFORD), and women's track & field (OREGON). It was an all-Pac-10 final in men's and women's water polo, as well. Overall, the Conference had 32 teams finish in the top four at 18 NCAA Championship events.
Participation in the postseason was a common occurrence for the Pac-10 in 2010-11. Of the 22 sports sponsored by the Conference, 16 witnessed at least half its teams participating in NCAA or other postseason action. The men sent 66 of a possible 91 teams into the postseason (65.9 percent), while the women sent 69 of a possible 99 teams (69.7 percent).
The Conference experienced continued success in football as the league sent two teams to BCS Bowl games, with the Ducks earning a spot in the national championship bout. Overall, four went to bowls games. Oregon claimed its ninth Pac-10 crown in the sport, making its first-ever appearance in the BCS title game. Meanwhile, STANFORD (Discover Orange Bowl), ARIZONA (Valero Alamo Bowl), WASHINGTON (Holiday Bowl) also earned bowl bids. Oregon and Stanford were ranked in the top-5 of the Associated Press' poll at season's end, finishing third and fourth, respectively.
Pac-10 regular-season champion ARIZONA, tournament champion WASHINGTON, UCLA and USC represented the Conference in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, and three others competed in other postseason events. The Wildcats' run to the Elite Eight gave the league its 22nd appearance in the last 24 years. The CBI title returned to the Pac-10 after OREGON bested Creighton in a best-of-three series for the crown.
On the women's side, three teams competed in the NCAA Tournament and three others competed in postseason play. STANFORD made its fourth-consecutive NCAA Women's Final Four appearance after winning its fifth-straight Pac-10 Tournament crown. UCLA made its first back-to-back postseason outing for the first time since 1998-99. USC advanced to the WNIT championship game, while ARIZONA and CALIFORNIA were also invited to the event.
Without question, the Conference has dominated the softball field, winning 23 national championships in the sport since 1982 and six in a row after ARIZONA STATE hoisted the 2011 NCAA trophy, its second in three years. Seven Pac-10 teams earned NCAA Tournament bids, with two advancing to the NCAA Women's College World Series, including Pac-10 Champion ASU and CALIFORNIA.
Six Pac-10 baseball teams received NCAA Tournament bids in 2011. ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE and STANFORD reached the Super Regionals, with Cal ultimately punching its ticket for the NCAA Men's College World Series, its first appearance in the CWS since 1992. ARIZONA, and UCLA also represented the Conference in the postseason event.
The Conference swept two men's and women's sports, capturing national championships in swimming & diving and water polo. CALIFORNIA took home both swimming & diving crowns. In water polo, USC was the top men's teams and the STANFORD women were national champs.
With the additions of Colorado and Utah, Pac-12 members have won 302 NCAA team championships on the men's side, 89 more than the next closest conference. Men's NCAA crowns have come at a phenomenal rate for the Pac-12 - 16 basketball titles by six schools (more than any other conference), 52 tennis titles, 44 outdoor track & field crowns, and 26 baseball titles. Pac-12 members have won 25 of 42 NCAA titles in volleyball, 37 of 42 in water polo, and 22 in swimming & diving national championships.
Individually, the Conference has produced an impressive number of NCAA men's individual champions, as well, boasting 2,019 individual crowns.
On the women's side, the story is much the same. Since the NCAA began conducting women's championships 30 years ago, Pac-12 members have claimed at least four national titles in a single season on 22 occasions, including 2010-11. Overall, the Pac-12 has captured 140 NCAA women's titles, easily outdistancing the SEC, which is second, with 77. Pac-10 members have dominated a number of sports, winning 23 softball titles, 19 tennis crowns, 13 of the last 21 volleyball titles, 14 of the last 22 trophies in golf, and 12 in swimming & diving.
Pac-12 women student-athletes shine nationally on an individual basis, as well, having captured an unmatched 616 NCAA individual crowns, an average of nearly 21 championships per season.