Founding the ACC

The Origins of a Major Collegiate Athletic Conference, 1951–1953

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About the Book

In 1953, seven universities seceded from the NCAA’s Southern Conference to form the Atlantic Coast Conference. Founding members Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Wake Forest were soon joined by Virginia. Inspired by national academic and gambling scandals, and a bowl game crisis in 1951, the ACC’s leaders hoped to reduce the commercialism and professionalism that permeated college athletics in the 1950s.
This first ever full-length history examines founding of the ACC, the star athletes and coaches and football and basketball season highlights, along with the negotiations that led to the creation one of America’s most successful athletic conferences.

About the Author(s)

Robert B. McCormick is a professor of history at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Robert B. McCormick
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8994-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4969-6
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“An in-depth account of the rationale behind, and the machinations of, the creation of the Atlantic Coast Conference.”—Adam Criblez, professor of history, Southeast Missouri State University