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CBS Sports: Louisville had Second Best Sports Year in 2014-15

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CBS Sports compiled an overall ranking to determine which school had the best year in college sports. Louisville came in second in the entire nation behind Ohio State.

Why is this man smiling? Because all the sports he's in charge of are good. All of them.
Why is this man smiling? Because all the sports he's in charge of are good. All of them.
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CBS, using a formula it developed to account for success in football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, and a "wild card" sport (whichever essentially non-revenue sport was most successful for that school that year) determined that Louisville had the second most successful year in college sports for the 2014-15 year. You can see CBS' full rankings here.

If nothing else, Louisville certainly validated the ACC's decision to add them as the replacement for Maryland (in their defense, Maryland actually finished #8 in the rankings themselves). Around the ACC, Florida State finished #5, Duke finished #8, Notre Dame finished #10. Our blue-hued friends to the east finished #27.

The crazy thing about these rankings is Louisville was so incredibly close to a significantly more successful season. If Louisville scores at Clemson they very could've gone 10-2 and make a case for the Orange Bowl. A free throw sends the men's team to the Final Four. A bogus home run helps end the baseball team's great year just shy of Omaha. While 2014-15 wasn't another "year of the Cardinal" it was perhaps closer than we all realized and another testament to the overall leadership and vision of the Tom Jurich and the folks running Cardinals athletics.