CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For many students, varsity sports are what make their college years special.
Edward Fiske, former New York Times Education Editor and creator of the top-selling annual college guide that bears his name, highlights fourteen colleges with the best school spirit in the new ebook, Fiske Guide to Colleges with Great Sports Traditions (ISBN: 9781402294754; $4.99).
Top Fourteen Colleges with Great Sports Traditions
- University of Alabama–"Roll, tide, roll." Life in Alabama slows to a crawl on Saturday afternoons when 'Bama takes on Auburn.
- Auburn University–Part of a great Alabama rivalry, where the spirit of football lasts year-round.
- Duke University–Where else but in America can students pay $60,000 a year for the privilege of painting their faces blue and white and making life miserable for visiting basketball teams?
- University of Florida–A study in rivalries, where top-shelf varsity sports teams are a year-round draw.
- University of Kentucky–A perennial force in the NCAA postseason basketball tournament.
- Louisiana State University–Groupies are notorious for misbehaving at away games, and the athletic scene is intrinsic to the laissez les bon temps rouler spirit of New Orleans.
- University of Miami (FL)–Football is the main reason UM is on the map, but the men's basketball team won the regular season and tournament championship in 2013.
- University of Michigan–Football overshadows nearly everything each fall as students gather to cheer, "Go Blue."
- University of Notre Dame–From Knute Rockne and the Gipper right on down to modern-day greats such as Joe Montana, the spirit of the Fighting Irish reigns supreme.
- Ohio State University–Operates the mother of all college sports programs, recently tainted by the mother of all athletic scandals.
- University of Pennsylvania–Penn students take their varsity sports quite seriously, but as Ivy Leaguers, they operate under the ESPN radar.
- University of Southern California–Overall, the men's and women's athletic teams have brought home 115 national titles.
- University of Texas at Austin–The athletic department has a budget in excess of $100 million and spends more than $150,000 a year on nutritional supplements such as Gatorade and Power Bars.
- Texas A&M University–Where else do thousands of students stand for entire football games as symbolic "Twelfth Men," ready to run onto the field and join the fray?
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