CBS Sports has named Oklahoma the 2015-16 “Best in College Sports,” with the Sooners edging North Carolina and Notre Dame.
The award calculates the success of FBS programs in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and two “wild card” sports.
The OU football team became the first of six Oklahoma teams to finish in the final four of their sport when it made the College Football Playoff after earning its ninth Big 12 title.
The Sooners’ basketball team had the program’s fifth Final Four appearance. In addition, senior Buddy Hield won the Oscar Robertson Trophy, Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award as the 2016 national player of the year.
OU earned maximum points as men’s gymnastics, women’s gymnastics and softball finished the season at the top of their respective sports. The three national championships for Oklahoma tied with Oregon for the most by a school during the 2015-16 season.
Oklahoma men’s tennis almost had another national title, finishing runner-up for the third consecutive season after making a run as the No. 11 seed at the 2016 NCAA Championships. And the men’s golf team was one of just eight teams to advance to match play at the NCAA Championships.
In addition to elite national finishes, four Sooner squads earned conference titles. Football, women’s gymnastics and softball produced Big 12 Conference crowns while men’s gymnastics claimed the 2016 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship.
Five Sooners were named Big 12 Player of the Year in their respective sports: Chayse Capps (women’s gymnastics), Buddy Hield (basketball), Baker Mayfield (football), Erin Miller (softball) and Maegan Neihart (rowing).
Five Oklahoma coaches earned conference coach-of-the-year awards. Patty Gasso (softball), K.J. Kindler (women’s gymnastics), Bob Stoops (football), Jim VanHootegem (women’s outdoor track and field) and Mark Williams (men’s gymnastics) were all recognized as the top coach in their conference. Both Williams and women’s basketball head coach Sherri Coale were inducted into their sports’ halls of fame during the 2015-16 season.
For the formula, CBS Sports weighed football worth 2.5 times as much as other sports, while men’s basketball was worth twice as many points. The Sooners earned 187.5 points for football, 166 for men’s basketball, 50 for women’s basketball and 200 in the wild card section.