Tennessee Athletics win SEC All-Sports title for second straight year

Grant Ramey05/25/23
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Tennessee Athletics
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Tennessee athletics for a second straight year has won the SEC All-Sports title, the award given annually by USA Today Sports Network. The Vols and Lady Vols finished first in both men’s and women’s standings. 

“I’m so proud of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and all the fans and donors who support us,” Tennessee athletics director Danny White said in a press release. “This is a team accomplishment, and everyone plays an important role. We are just getting started on Rocky Top, but this early success gives us the confidence to keep building!”

The Tennessee men finished first in the All-Sports standings last year while the Lady Vols finished second. In total, 11 Tennessee teams finished in the top four in the SEC in their respective standings this year.

Tennessee is second SEC school to finish first in both men’s, women’s All-Sports Standings

The Lady Vols swept both the SEC championships in the regular season and the SEC Tournament. Tennessee Football finished second in the SEC East, men’s cross country finished second in the conference, as did women’s swimming and diving. 

Men’s tennis finished second and men’s swimming and diving was third. Women’s basketball was third, men’s golf finished tied for third, soccer and women’s tennis were also third, along with men’s out door track and field. 

Tennessee is only the second school to finish first in both the men’s and women’s All-Sports Standings. The Vols finished ahead of Florida, Georgia and Alabama while the Lady Vols finished ahead of Florida, Georgia and LSU.

White has been on the job at Tennessee for just over two years, since January 2021. He was hired to replace Phillip Fulmer. White hired Josh Heupel as his new head football coach, to replace Jeremy Pruitt, a week after taking over as athletic director. 

Heupel led the Vols to a 7-6 record and a trip to the Music City Bowl in Year 1. Tennessee in Year 2 under Heupel won 10 games in the regular season for the first time since 2003 and finished with an 11-win season for the first time since 2001 after beating Clemson 31-14 in the Orange Bowl in Miami in December.

2022-23 SEC All-Sports Standings

Men’s All-Sports Standings: 1. Tennessee 2. Florida 3. Alabama 4. Georgia 5. Texas A&M 6. Arkansas 7. Kentucky 8. LSU 9. Vanderbilt 10. Auburn 11. Mississippi State 12. Missouri 13. Ole Miss 14. South Carolina.

Women’s All-Sports Standings: 1. Tennessee 2. Florida 3. Georgia 4. LSU 5. Alabama 6. Arkansas 7. South Carolina 8. Texas A&M 9. Auburn 10. Ole Miss 11. Kentucky 12. Vanderbilt 13. Mississippi State 14. Missouri.