The Atlantic Coast Conference is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States in which its fifteen member universities compete in the NCAA. The ACC hosts 13 men’s division one sports and 14 women’s division one sports. The league was founded in 1953 by seven schools located in what are considered South Atlantic States.
The conference has added additional members in 1979, 1991, 2004, 2013, and 2014. The ACC has recently expanded beyond the coast and has stretched its branches of influence into the Midwest.
|Boston College||Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts||1863||13,906||Eagles||2005|
|Clemson University||Clemson, South Carolina||1889||21,303||Tigers||1953|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, Florida||1851||40,337||Seminoles||1991|
|University of Louisville||Louisville, Kentucky||1798||22,293||Cardinals||2014|
|North Carolina State University||Raleigh, North Carolina||1887||35,767||Wolfpack||1953|
|University of Notre Dame||South Bend, Indiana||1842||11,733||Fighting Irish||2013|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, New York||1870||21,029||Orange||2013|
|Wake Forest University||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||1834||7,432||Demon Deacons||1953|
|Duke University||Durham, North Carolina||1838||14,591||Blue Devils||1953|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta, Georgia||1885||21,557||Yellow Jackets||1979|
|University of Miami||Coral Gables, Florida||1925||15,657||Hurricanes||2004|
|University of North Carolina||Chapel Hill, North Carolina||1789||29,390||Tar Heels||1953|
|University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||1787||28,766||Panthers||2013|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, Virginia||1819||23,907||Cavaliers||1953|
|Virginia Tech University||Blacksburg, Virginia||1872||31,087||Hokies||2004|
Only two schools have left the ACC while nine have joined since the conference was founded in 1953. Maryland recently bolted for the Big 10, while South Carolina set sail for the SEC back in 1971. The University of Louisville was voted into the ACC in November of 2012 as Maryland’s replacement.
Notre Dame is currently the only member of the ACC that is considered a “non-football member.” Only two schools (UNC and Duke) can boast all 13 men’s varsity sports, only Boston College and UNC can claim all 14 women’s division one sports.
The ACC has been yielding their annual rendition of Athlete of the Year since 1945. The Anthony J. McKelvin Award was given to the conference’s best athlete, regardless of gender, until 1990. The female version of the award is known as the Mary Garber Award, and has been won by some of the biggest names in women’s athletics.
The Atlantic Coast Conference knows nothing but spectacular athletics and blinding star power. The Anthony J. McKelvin award was awarded to James Worthy in 1982, Ralph Sampson in 1983, Michael Jordan in 1984, and then Len Bias in 1986.
Tim Duncan was prestigiously honored in 1996 and in 1997 and was preceded by Antawn Jamison in 1998 and Elton Brand in 1999. Mia Hamm took the women’s equivalent of the hardware home in 1993 when she dominated the pitch for UNC.
ACC football programs are eligible for the newly generated college football playoff. The 2013 National Title was won by Florida State, an established ACC power. The ACC’s football structure is divided into two seven team conferences, Atlantic and Coastal. The University of Louisville will compete in the Atlantic Division with Clemson, Florida State, and former Big East Rival, Syracuse. The ACC Coastal division is home to teams such as Duke, UNC, and The Steady Snitching University of Miami. Louisville is the seventh school to make the leap from the Big East to the ACC.
I feel like I need to get this out of the way early. Doesn’t Atlantic and Coastal sound like the same thing?