The Pac-12 DieHards site is set to go dark this weekend, ending a year of coverage in which our dedicated staff combined to post thousands of stories about the exploits of the players, coaches and teams from the Conference of Champions.
And that self-imposed nickname is quite fitting, since during the just-completed 2017-18 academic year, no other Division I conference produced more NCAA championships than the Pac-12:
— Jesse Hooker (@TheJHooker) June 29, 2018
If that number shocks you, it shouldn’t. This is the 13th year in a row (and 17th time in 18 years) that the Pac-12 has led the NCAA in national titles, with a double-digit title haul in four of the last five years.
To put that in perspective, no other Division I conference has ever had 10 or more national titles in a single season, per Pac-12 spokesman Jesse Hooker.
Oregon State’s 5-0 win over Arkansas to clinch the College World Series on Thursday capped an amazing spring season for the Pac-12, during which the league won seven of its 12 national titles. Since May the conference also claimed championships in women’s golf (Arizona), women’s rowing (California), women’s tennis (Stanford), beach volleyball (UCLA), women’s water polo (USC) and women’s track & field (USC).
Sure, the Pac-12 didn’t win a title in the so-called “revenue” sports of football or men’s basketball, but from an overall perspective no other conference was nearly as successful on the field, court or in the water.
The Pac-12 has amassed 513 national titles — 202 more than the Big Ten’s 311. Stanford is the individual championship leader with 117, followed closely by UCLA at 116 while USC is third at 105.
The non-Pac 12 school with the most NCAA titles: Oklahoma State, with 51.