A Triple Crown Winner in the Form of a Hog?
Two weeks ago all the talk in the world of Horse Racing was that "I'll Have Another" would have a chance at becoming the sport's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Now the talk can start whether or not the Arkansas Razorbacks can become only the 4th program in NCAA History to win the Triple Crown of NCAA Sports. Arkansas could join California, Ohio State, and Michigan as the only programs to win a National Championship in football, a CWS in baseball, and NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship since 1930. The Hogs would become the first SEC team to accomplish this.
Arkansas' National Championship in Football happened in 1964 when the Razorbacks were the only team to end the season undefeated with a Cotton Bowl win over Nebraska. The Football Writers Association of America(and 6 other publications) crowned the Hogs as National Champions. In 1977 following an 11-1 finish, Arkansas was also awarded a National Championship by The Foundation for the Analysis of Competitions and Tournaments, but the school does not recognize this championship.
In Basketball the 1993-1994 Razorbacks won the National Championship over Duke in Charlotte, NC. The Hogs returned to the National Championship game in 1995, but lost to UCLA.
The closest the Razorbacks have come to a National Championship in baseball was in 1979. The Hogs won their first 3 games in Omaha against Pepperdine, Arizona, and Texas. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks they could not get past Cal State Fullerton who beat Arkansas twice, including in the National Championship Game.
Overall the Arkansas Razorbacks have a total of 43 athletic National Championships ranking 5th in the NCAA behind UCLA, Oklahoma State, Stanford, and Southern California.
NCAA Triple Crown Winners
Team Baseball Championship Year Basketball Championship Year Football Championship Year
California 1947, 1957 1959 1937
Ohio State 1966 1960 1942, 1954, 1968, 2002
Michigan 1953, 1962 1989 1947, 1948, 1997
The Razorbacks still have to pick up 3 wins until they can join the NCAA's "Triple Crown" list, but after knocking off the 2 time defending champions South Carolina on Monday Night they have now become the favorites to win it all in Omaha.
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