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5 Best Colleges for Sports

Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 04:47 PM

Sports are an integral part of the curriculum at colleges and universities — many even have their own sports clubs. Most universities and  colleges offer sports scholarships to students who are skilled in a particular sport and who are academically qualified. Among thousands of colleges that place an emphasis on sports, there are a few that stand out from the rest.

Here are five of the most popular universities and colleges for various sports in the U.S.:
University of Michigan for Football
The University of Michigan is one of the best colleges for academics and sports in the U.S. It has various sports training programs and has a renowned sports club. The Michigan Wolverines are a leading college football team in the U.S. Michigan is regarded as one of the best universities for football training. It is a member of the Big Ten Conference — the Wolverines have won or shared 42 league titles, more than any other football program in any conference. Michigan has finished in the top 10 American football teams for a record 37 times.
University of Texas for Baseball
University of Texas is best known for the Texas Longhorns baseball team, which competes in the Big 12 Conference of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I. The college has stood apart in producing several major league players over the years. The Texas Longhorns hold the record for most appearances and titles in the College World Series games. It’s the best known destination for college baseball.
University of Kentucky for Basketball
The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team, representing the University of Kentucky, is one of the most successful programs in the history of college basketball, both in all-time wins and all-time winning percentages. It is one of the best sports colleges in the country.
University of Denver for Ice Hockey
Apart from academic excellence, the University of Denver offers sports training in various disciplines. But it’s the ice hockey team which has made the university’s sports club, the Denver Pioneers, famous. Since 1949, the university has been playing NCAA Division I hockey and is one of the most successful hockey programs in the history of collegiate hockey. The university has been successful in placing numerous players into the National Hockey League.
University of Virginia for Soccer
The country’s most successful soccer college, the University of Virginia has one of the most celebrated sports clubs, the Virginia Cavaliers. This soccer college is the home to several successful programs, including Virginia men's soccer. Virginia has played in 15 out of 19 ACC Tournament championship matches, winning ten titles.

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