Mizzou Moves To The SEC: Ole Miss's Other Sports Are Pretty Good, But Not As Good As The Grove

Unknown Date; Oxford, MS, USA; FILE PHOTO; Peyton Manning (left) Eli Manning (center) and Cooper Manning (right) all wearing (18) jerseys honoring the jersey retirement of father and former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning (not pictured) in a ceremony at Vaught-Heningway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Photo By Michael C. Hebert-US PRESSWIRE

And now it is time to review the finest set of tailgaters I have ever come to know in the Mississippi Rebels. If I am going to have another team in the SEC that I will have to now secretly root for because we have become conference "rivals", it will be Ole Miss. I imagine many Mizzou fans will try to make the trip to Oxford for the first conference football game there, and I hope to be one returning to The Grove. But, we are here to talk about all the rest of the sports, and can return to The Grove and memories another day.

As always, we will review the last three years of records for each of the sports which Mizzou will be bringing to the SEC starting in July, along with how Mizzou did in those same sports over the same time span (in bold and italics). Let's get to it, starting with the fall sports (season listed is year in which the sport completed so fall sports will be a calendar year behind):

Learfield Cup Standings: 2009-10 (49th) - 56th, 2010-11 (41st) - 65th, 2011-12 (50th) - 88th (as of 6/14 release)

Women's Soccer:

  • 2009 (13-6-3/7-1-2, B12 Regular Season Champs (1st) - 13-6-2 overall, 7-2-2 in SEC, lost in 1st round of NCAA Tournament
  • 2010 (7-10-2/5-5) - 7-9-4 overall, 3-5-3 in SEC
  • 2011 (12-8-1/3-5-0) - 8-10-1 overall, 4-7 in SEC

Women's Cross Country:

  • 2009 (7th in B12, 7th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 12th in SEC
  • 2010 (11th in B12, 12th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 9th in SEC, 8th in NCAA Regional Championships
  • 2011 (4th in B12, 7th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 5th in SEC, 4th in NCAA Regional Championships

Men's Cross Country:

  • 2009 (T-8th in B12, 11th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 9th in SEC
  • 2010 (11th in B12, 18th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 5th in SEC, 7th in NCAA Regional Championships
  • 2011 (6th in B12, 7th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 7th in SEC, 7th in NCAA Regional Championships

Women's Volleyball:

  • 2009 (18-14 overall, 9-11 in B12) - 10-20 overall, 4-16 in SEC
  • 2010 (22-11 overall, 12-8 in B12, eliminated in NCAA Sweet 16) - 19-11 overall, 13-6 in SEC, eliminated in 1st round of NCAA Tournament
  • 2011 (21-13 overall, 7-9 in B12, eliminated in NCAA 1st round) - 11-17 overall, 7-13 in SEC

Women's Indoor Track:

  • 2010 (10th in B12) - 10th in SEC, t-52nd in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (12th in B12) - 10th in SEC, t-23rd in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (10th in B12) - 8th in SEC

Men's Indoor Track:

  • 2010 (9th in B12, 25th in NCAA Championships) - 8th in SEC, t-20th in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (9th in B12, t-26th in NCAA Championships) - 10th in SEC, t-11th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (8th in B12, t-61st in NCAA Championships) - 6th in SEC, t-56th in NCAA Championships

Women's Gymnastics: (does not compete)

Women's Basketball:

  • 2010 (12-18 overall, 2-14 in B12) - 17-15 overall, 6-8 in SEC, eliminated in 1st round of WNIT
  • 2011 (13-18 overall, 5-11 in B12) - 10-19 overall, 3-13 in SEC
  • 2012 (13-18 overall, 2-14 in B12) - 12-18 overall, 2-14 in SEC (coaching change after end of season)

Women's Swimming and Diving: (does not compete)

Men's Swimming and Diving: (does not compete)

Women's Outdoor Track:

  • 2010 (10th in B12) - 9th in SEC
  • 2011 (11th in B12) - 9th in SEC
  • 2012 (7th, t-60th in NCAA Championships) - 7th in SEC

Men's Outdoor Track:

  • 2010 (10th in B12, t-21st in NCAA Championships) - 6th in SEC, t-45th in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (9th in B12, t-41st in NCAA Championships) - 6th in SEC, t-9th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (10th, t-56th in NCAA Championships) - 6th in SEC, 38th in NCAA Championships

Women's Tennis:

  • 2010 (6-17 overall, 1-10 in B12) - 17-6 overall, 8-3 in SEC, eliminated in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament
  • 2011 (11-9 overall, 4-6 in B12) - 11-11 overall, 4-7 in SEC, eliminated in 1st round of NCAA Tournament
  • 2012 (11-12 overall, 2-7 in B12, ranked #47 at last match) - 18-9 overall, 8-3 in SEC, eliminated in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament

Women's Golf:

  • 2010 (7th in B12) - 8th in SEC, 12th in NCAA Regional Championships
  • 2011 (3rd in B12) - 11th in SEC, 14th in NCAA Regional Championships
  • 2012 (9th in B12) - 10th in SEC, 13th in NCAA Regional Championships

Men's Golf:

  • 2010 (11th in B12, 10th in NCAA Regionals) - 2nd in SEC, 10th in NCAA Regional Championships
  • 2011 (5th in B12, 6th in NCAA Regionals) - 8th in SEC, 10th in NCAA Regional Championships
  • 2012 (8th in B12) - 6th in SEC

Softball:

  • 2010 (51-13 overall, 11-7 in B12, eliminated in WCWS) - 29-27 overall (2nd winning season ever), 9-18 in SEC
  • 2011 (53-10 overall, 13-2 in B12, B12 Regular Season Champions (1st), eliminated in WCWS) - 14-39 overall, 3-23 in SEC
  • 2012 (47-14 overall, 17-7 in B12, eliminated in NCAA Super Regionals) - 22-32 overall, 7-21 in SEC

Baseball:

  • 2010 (29-26 overall, 10-16 in B12) - 39-24 overall, 16-14 in SEC, eliminated in NCAA Regionals
  • 2011 (27-32 overall, 12-15 in B12) - 30-25 overall, 13-17 in SEC
  • 2012 (32-28 overall, 9-14 in B12, B12 Tournament Champions (first), eliminated in NCAA Regionals) - 35-24 overall, 14-16 in SEC, eliminated in NCAA Regionals

Summary:

We looked at Mississippi State last week, and while they had a few highlights, their overall program strength (as it relates to the SEC) was a bit lagging. Ole Miss appears to be a little stronger across the board, but not too much. I suppose it is tough to project where Mizzou will finish in each of these sports since I really cannot tell you how different it will be for them playing in the SEC over the Big XII. With that in mind, and for any visiting fans, these pieces are not to potentially poke fun of your team, but just to see where they line up against the SEC overall. All that being said, with Ross Bjork at the helm now (he of the growing number of Alden disciples), I believe Ole Miss' sports will start to trend up in time.

Links to Previous Reviews:

Alabama
Auburn
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