Does football in Alabama trump basketball in Kentucky?

In Kentucky, we know championships. - Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The Commonwealth of Kentucky received a strange congratulations from the great State of Alabama…sort of. This is the headline from The Tuscaloosa News: Kudos to the commonwealth, but football in Alabama still trumps basketball in Kentucky.

Frankly, I don’t think the author, Kevin Scarbinksy, wants to go there for he knows not of what he speaks. Mr. Scarbinsky, seems to think there are only two schools in each state with national championships. If this is a friendly competition between two states, then you must include all schools within each state. That should make sense to almost anyone, even a "journalist" from Alabama.

Let’s compare all schools in both states as opposed to two schools from both states. We are comparing football in Alabama to basketball in Kentucky, at least that’s the premise of his long-winded article that somehow brings in schools from other states. Let’s do it.

Alabama, according to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education has 14 public colleges and universities, 26 public community colleges and 15 private institutions of higher learning. Of those, The University of Alabama has 15 national championships, as Mr. Scarbinsky claimed, and Auburn University has 2. No school from Alabama has won an NCAA Division III title. Troy has one national championship in Division II and North Alabama has three. In NAIA football, Troy has another national championship. Total score for the State of Alabama: 22 national championships. Pretty impressive, is it not? Good, yes, but no cigar is in order.

Kentucky has 9 public colleges and universities, 19 community colleges and 30 private schools. Of those, The University of Kentucky has 8 national championships and The University of Louisville has 3. In NCAA Division II, Kentucky Wesleyan has 8 national championships followed by Bellarmine College with one. In NCAA Division III, Kentucky has no national championships. In the NAIA, Louisville has one, Kentucky State has 3, and Georgetown College has won two in NAIA Division I. No Kentucky school has a national title in NAIA Division II. Total score for the Commonwealth of Kentucky: 26 national championships.

So, who trumps who Mr. Scarbinsky? By my count Kentucky has four more basketball championships than Alabama has in football.

It would also help if he got his facts right about college basketball. The University of Kentucky, without the help of Louisville, won back to back championships in 1948 and 1949. Kentucky Wesleyan won two straight Division II national championships in 1968 and 1969. Kentucky State won back to back to back (that’s three straight for folks in Alabama) in 1970, 1971 and 1972 in the NAIA.

As Mr. Scarbinsky said in his article, "Kinda puts both of our accomplishments in perspective, doesn’t it?" I’d say it does, indeed, put things in perspective. Bless his little heart.

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