The 1986 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament began on March 12 and ended on March 30. The tournament expanded to 40 teams from 32. The Final Four consisted of Texas, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, and USC, with Texas defeating Southern California, 97-81 in the championship game. Texas’s Clarissa Davis was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. With their championship win, Texas completed the first undefeated season (34-0) since the NCAA began sponsoring women’s basketball in 1982.
ESPN expanded its coverage to show all four Regional Finals and the National Semifinals. CBS continued to broadcast the Championship game.
The 2005 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was held from May 30 through June 26, 2005. Sixty-four NCAA Division I college baseball teams met after having played their way through a regular season, and for some, a conference tournament, to play in the NCAA Tournament. The tournament culminated with 8 teams in the College World Series at historic Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.
A major format change for the regionals began in 2005. Rather than play both games of the championship round on the third day (usually Sunday) of the tournament, the “if necessary” championship game would be played on the fourth day of the tournament (usually Monday), allowing a team in the loser’s bracket to rest some of its pitchers for a winner-take-all contest.
The home-state Nebraska Cornhuskers won their first College World Series game after going winless in their previous two appearances.
Texas went undefeated in the College World Series, earning its spot in the championship series with a walk-off home run against Big 12 Conference rival Baylor, before sweeping Florida in the championship series.
The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. It offers a wide variety of varsity and intramural sports programs, and was selected as “America’s Best Sports College” in a 2002 analysis by Sports Illustrated. Texas was also listed as the number one Collegiate Licensing Company client from 2005 – 2013 in regards to the amount of annual trademark royalties received from the sales of its fan merchandise.
Until Athletic Director Chris Del Conte altered the organizational structure of the athletic department in 2017, Texas was the only remaining NCAA Division I school to operate separate men’s and women’s athletic departments, after the other remaining holdout, the University of Tennessee, merged its men’s and women’s athletic departments at the end of the 2011 – 2012 academic year.
College Sports Established
University of Texas at Austin
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1915 – 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
1996 – Present / Big 12 Conference
1915 – 1996 / Southwest Conference
Longhorns – The Texas football team was known as “The Varsity” prior to 1906, but a smattering of references to the name “Longhorn” by sportswriters can be found. In 1906, “Longhorns” became official. This was in reference to the cattle that were associated with Texas, and the courage, strength and tenacity that these particular animals display.
2005, 2002, 1983, 1975, 1950, 1949
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