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Alabama named Best in College Sports by CBS for 2020-21 athletic year

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What a year it was in Tuscaloosa.

Since the 1930s, Big Al, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team mascot has cheered the team to victo Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images

Alabama collected yet another accolade from the 2020-21 athletic year, becoming the first SEC team to be named Best in College Sports by CBS.

Consistency is the name of the game for Best in College Sports, and the Crimson Tide were exactly that — consistent — across the athletic department. Football won the national title after a 13-0 season, men’s basketball (26-7) reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, women’s basketball (17-10) reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, softball (52-9) reached the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series, gymnastics finished fifth in the nation, and baseball reached the NCAA Regionals.

Greg Byrne has done a masterful job in Tuscaloosa, and the enthusiasm around the department is palpable. Alabama is the first football national champion to claim the award. For the curious, the methodology is included at the link.

With the conference expanding, this is a great warning shot to newcomers. Alabama runs things around here, and that won’t be changing any time soon.

Roll Tide.