Which SEC program has best claim to being an 'Everything School?'

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In the aftermath of Mark Stoops' erroneous claim that Kentucky is 'a football school,' others in the SEC raced to position themselves as an 'Everything School.' In other words, being strong across all sports.

While several SEC schools excel in multiple programs, only a few can reasonably contend for the head seat at the 'Everything School' table.

The Florida Gators are a stalwart in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which measures success throughout athletics, but Tennessee is the reigning winner of the USA TODAY Network's SEC All-Sports Award.

On this edition of "SEC Football Unfiltered," a podcast from the USA TODAY Network, hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams debate the top candidates for the 'Everything School' moniker.

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While Florida and Tennessee are among their topic picks, they agree that Texas could wrestle away the 'Everything School' claim after joining the SEC.

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For now, Adams sides with Tennessee as having claimed the label. The Vols have Top 25 programs in the four major sports – football, men's and women's basketball and baseball. And they're trending up in each.

Although Toppmeyer agrees that UT's ascent in baseball and men's basketball, along with some Olympic sports, gives it a better argument for the 'Everything School' banner, he still believes Florida runs away with the competition.

The Gators annually rank in the top five nationally of the Directors' Cup standings and pace the pack in the SEC. They're an Olympic sports dynamo, while also supplying three football national championships since the 1990s and two in men's basketball.

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In looking exclusively at four sports – football, men's and women's basketball and baseball – Adams believes LSU may be collectively positioned for the future better than any SEC peers. Big-money hires Brian Kelly and Kim Mulkey are a key reason why, along with LSU baseball's impressive recruiting haul ahead of coach Jay Johnson's second season.

Later in the episode

  • LSU's sixth-year senior quarterback Myles Brennan announced Monday he's stepping away from football and ready for a new chapter in life. Although Brennan was unlikely to win the starting job, Adams thinks Brennan's exit could prove potentially costly for LSU.

  • While Jayden Daniels, an Arizona State transfer, is the best bet to win LSU's starting job, Toppmeyer says quarterback competitions at Missouri and Auburn prove transfers aren't always the answer. Brady Cook, Missouri's backup QB last season, held off transfer Jack Abraham to win the Tigers' starting role, while Auburn's backup last season, T.J. Finley, is making a strong push to hold off transfer Zach Calzada for the starting nod.

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Blake Toppmeyer is an SEC Columnist for the USA TODAY Network. John Adams is a senior columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. You can subscribe to their podcast, SEC Football Unfiltered.

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