Accounting takes home NCAA championship

This article originally appeared in the McCombs Today blog.

Light the Tower orange for another university national championship.

Texas took down Wake Forest in the first round of the 2010 NCAA tournament and went on to topple Kentucky, Wisconsin and Washington to earn a spot in the Final Four.

The Longhorns then faced a tough opponent in the Duke Blue Devils, but emerged victorious. The championship game pitted Texas against powerhouse Michigan State. The Spartans kept it interesting, but in the end were no match against the storied Texas program.

OK, so the Longhorn basketball team may not have fared this well, and no, this isn't a belated April fool's joke. The university really did win the NCAA championshipin accounting.

Three Brigham Young University accounting faculty members decided to run this year's 64-team bracket based not on basketball game scores, but on accounting research productivity over the last six years.

The results are based on the paper "Accounting Program Research Rankings by Topical Area and Methodology."