The 2012-13 academic year was an exciting a time to be a part of the University of Alabama Athletics Department. The Crimson Tide finished the fall semester with a flourish when the football team, which included 17 graduates before the 2013 BCS National Championship Game even got underway, won the Crimson Tideís 15th national football title, bettering Notre Dame by a score of 42-14. It was Alabama's third BCS title in four years, continuing one of the most impressive runs in the modern era. As the year progressed, the Crimson Tide added to its championship tally when the menís and womenís golf teams joined the football team as Southeastern Conference Champions. Then in May, Alabama roared to a 4-1 win over Illinois to win the Crimson Tideís first NCAA Menís Golf Championship.
Those teams were not alone in their success. Alabama's gymnastics, softball and womenís golf teams followed up NCAA Championship seasons in 2012 with top-10 national finishes in 2013, finishing third, 10th and seventh, respectively. The Crimson Tide menís track and field team closed out the 2012-13 season just a half point out of the top-10 in 11th place, its highest finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in more than a decade.
While Alabama is certainly competing at the highest level with eight national team titles over the last four years that success isnít limited to athletics. The Crimson Tide has been just as impressive academically, earning impressive marks in the NCAAís most recent Academic Progress Report and Graduation Success Rate and ranking fifth nationally in terms of Academic All-America honors since 2000, just behind Stanford and well ahead of every other school in the SEC.
Read more about these memorable accomplishments, and so much more of the great things happening in Crimson Tide athletics in the 2012-13 Alabama Athletics Annual Report.