In college basketball, it seems to be widely accepted that Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, and IU are the "royalty" of the sport.
With the recent defection of Lane Kiffen from Tennessee to USC, it's got me wondering: "Just where does UT stand as a program compared to others?"
There doesn't seem to be a clear cut order to me, and there also seems to be a LOT of teams with strong traditions to cling to.
First, I still go with Notre Dame. Its lost its lustre, but no other program in all of college athletics can demand their very own TV contract.
I think from there I have to put things in a tier system. I'd put traditional powers into the second tier like Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, USC, Texas, and Oklahoma.
In the next tier, I'd put the "Johnny come lately" great programs. (i.e. The teams that don't track their success back to the "Aught" years.) I'd stick Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Florida State, and Miami here.
I've listed 13 teams in one of the three tiers of "historical elite programs." That's certainly much more expansive than the simplicity of the 5 team college basketball consensus. Where have I gone wrong with this classification? Thoughts?