Orange Watch: Syracuse one of only 10 schools to win football, basketball national titles

Syracuse basketball players huddle during a timeout. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

Item: While Orange-dreaming in mid-summer about next week’s ACC football media kickoff event and how the ‘Cuse program will be perceived, and about next month’s educational and cultural excursion to Italy for the young basketball team, it never gets old to be reminded that Syracuse is in select company as one of only a handful of major college programs, and the only one in the ACC, to win both the football and basketball national championships.

What’s even more impressive about this dual-trophy feat is that all but two of the 10 schools on the list are major state universities with huge enrollments, leading to the other takeaway that as the fellow private school, Syracuse really is the “Stanford of the East Coast.”

Select company. The 10 schools that have won national championships in football (the years listed first) and basketball (the years listed second), with some schools sharing the football title votes of multiple polls in different eras, and Florida the only school to possess both trophies simultaneously:

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  • Arkansas-1964 / 1994
  • California-1920, 21, 22 / 1959
  • Florida-2006, 08 / 2006, 07
  • Maryland -1953 / 2002
  • Michigan-1901, 02, 03, 04, 1918, 1923, 1933, 1948, 1997 / 1989
  • Michigan State-1952, 1965, 66 / 1979, 2000
  • Ohio State-1942, 1954, 57, 1961, 68, 1970, 2002, 2014 / 1960
  • Stanford-1926 / 1942
  • Syracuse-1959 / 2003
  • UCLA-1954 / 1964, 65, 67, 68, 69, 1970, 71, 72, 73, 75, 1995

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