Mizzou Moves To The SEC: Just How Good Is Good Ol' Rocky Top?

Mar 24, 2012; Des Moines, IA, USA; Tennessee Lady Volunteers cheerleaders engage the crowd during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the semifinals of the Iowa region in the 2012 NCAA women's basketball tournament at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE

Oh...the finish line. So nice to see you. Thank God we only switch conferences every 100 years....I would not want to have to do this all over again in five years.

With my grousing out of the way, let's turn our collective eyes to the Tennessee Volunteers and their performance everywhere but the gridiron. 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 the Mizzou results 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):

Overall Learfield Cup Standings: 2009-10 (49th) - 16th, 2010-11 (41st) - 22nd, 2011-12 (49th) - 33rd

Women's Soccer:

  • 2009 (13-6-3/7-1-2, B12 Regular Season Champs (1st) - 8-9-3 overall, 4-5-2 in SEC
  • 2010 (7-10-2/5-5) - 10-9-1 overall, 7-3-1 in SEC
  • 2011 (12-8-1/3-5-0) - 15-7 overall, 7-4 in SEC, eliminated in 1st round of NCAA Tournament

Women's Cross Country:

  • 2009 (7th in B12, 7th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 2nd in SEC, (could not locate other results)
  • 2010 (11th in B12, 12th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 12th in SEC, 18th in NCAA South Regional
  • 2011 (4th in B12, 7th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 9th in SEC, 13th in NCAA South Regional

Men's Cross Country:

  • 2009 (T-8th in B12, 11th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 6th in SEC, 6th in NCAA South Regional
  • 2010 (11th in B12, 18th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 4th in SEC, 4th in NCAA South Regional
  • 2011 (6th in B12, 7th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 5th in SEC, 12th in NCAA South Regional

Women's Volleyball:

  • 2009 (18-14 overall, 9-11 in B12) - 24-8 overall, 16-4 in SEC, eliminated in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament
  • 2010 (22-11 overall, 12-8 in B12, eliminated in NCAA Sweet 16) - 25-7 overall, 15-5 in SEC, eliminated in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament
  • 2011 (21-13 overall, 7-9 in B12, eliminated in NCAA 1st round) - 28-4 overall, 19-1 in SEC (SEC Champions, 2nd), eliminated in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament

Women's Indoor Track:

  • 2010 (10th in B12) - 4th in SEC, 2nd in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (12th in B12) - 3rd in SEC, 7th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (10th in B12) - 4th in SEC, t-48th in NCAA Championships

Men's Indoor Track:

  • 2010 (9th in B12, 25th in NCAA Championships) - 10th in SEC
  • 2011 (9th in B12, t-26th in NCAA Championships) - 7th in SEC, 39th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (8th in B12, t-61st in NCAA Championships) - 7th in SEC

Women's Gymnastics: (Does not compete)

Women's Basketball:

  • 2010 (12-18 overall, 2-14 in B12) - 31-3 overall, 15-1 in SEC (Regular Season Champions - 15th) SEC Tournament Champions (14th) eliminated in NCAA Sweet 16
  • 2011 (13-18 overall, 5-11 in B12) - 34-3 overall, 16-0 in SEC (Regular Season Champions - 16th) SEC Tournament Champions (15th) eliminated in NCAA Elite 8
  • 2012 (13-18 overall, 2-14 in B12) - 27-9 overall, 12-4 in SEC, SEC Tournament Champions (16th), eliminated in NCAA Elite 8

Women's Swimming and Diving:

  • 2010 (3rd in B12, t-42nd in NCAA Championships) - 4th in SEC, 13th in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (3rd in B12, 23rd in NCAA Championships) - 4th in SEC, 12th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (3rd in B12, 14th in NCAA Championships) - 2nd in SEC, 7th in NCAA Championships

Men's Swimming and Diving:

  • 2010 (3rd in B12, 27th in NCAA Championships) - 3rd in SEC, 8th in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (3rd in B12, 22nd in NCAA Championships) - 3rd in SEC, 12th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (3rd in B12, 19th in NCAA Championships) - 4th in SEC, 22nd in NCAA Championships

Women's Outdoor Track:

  • 2010 (10th in B12) - 7th in SEC, t-26th in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (11th in B12) - 5th in SEC, 11th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (7th in B12, t-40th in NCAA Championships) - 5th in SEC, t-9th in NCAA Championships

Men's Outdoor Track:

  • 2010 (10th in B12, t-21st in NCAA Championships) - 9th in SEC, 45th in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (9th in B12, t-41st in NCAA Championships) - 8th in SEC, t-64th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (10th in B12, t-56th in NCAA Championships) - 10th in SEC, t-56th in NCAA Championships

Women's Tennis:

  • 2010 (6-17 overall, 1-10 in B12) - 19-9 overall, 8-3 in SEC, eliminated in Elite 8 of NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (11-9 overall, 4-6 in B12) - 20-8 overall, 9-2 in SEC, eliminated in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament
  • 2012 (11-12 overall, 2-7 in B12, ranked #47 at last match) - 14-12 overall, 4-7 in SEC, eliminated in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament

Women's Golf:

  • 2010 (7th in B12) - 4th in SEC, 17th in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (3rd in B12) - 6th in SEC, 13th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (9th in B12) - 11th in SEC, 19th in NCAA Championships

Men's Golf:

  • 2010 (11th in B12, 10th in NCAA Regionals) - 8th in SEC, 25th in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (5th in B12, 6th in NCAA Regionals) - 3rd in SEC, 24th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (8th in B12) - 8th in SEC, 6th in NCAA West Regional

Softball:

  • 2010 (51-13 overall, 11-7 in B12, eliminated in WCWS) - 49-15 overall, 17-8 in SEC, eliminated in WCWS
  • 2011 (53-10 overall, 13-2 in B12, B12 Regular Season Champions (1st), eliminated in WCWS) - 49-12 overall, 20-8 in SEC, SEC Tournament Champions (2nd), eliminated in NCAA Regionals
  • 2012 (47-14 overall, 17-7 in B12, eliminated in NCAA Super Regionals) - 52-14 overall, 22-6 in SEC, eliminated in WCWS

Baseball:

  • 2010 (29-26 overall, 10-16 in B12) - 30-26 overall, 12-18 in SEC
  • 2011 (27-32 overall, 12-15 in B12) - 25-29 overall, 7-23 in SEC (Coaching change made)
  • 2012 (32-28 overall, 9-14 in B12, B12 Tournament Champions (first), eliminated in NCAA Regionals) - 24-31 overall, 8-22 in SEC

Summary:

My biggest surprise? That Tennessee does not have a gymnastics program. Honestly, I just assumed everyone did, and kept assuming that even though I knew half did not. If you were wondering (and if you made it all the way to the bottom, you must be), Tennessee has Rowing instead. As for total program thoughts, they do seem to be trending down slightly. I am as interested in their MAJOR coaching stories (how long does Dooley last in football, how does Martin do in Men's Hoops and how does the transition go for the Women's Basketball program), but there are some interesting story lines here as well. Will baseball be able to start making noise in the best conference in the nation? Are the swimming programs going in the wrong direction? Does it surprise you that Tennessee's football stadium seats over 30,000 more than Mizzou's, though their student population is pretty much the same? Can I end this entire series on a question?

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