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The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is an American college athletic conference, affiliated with the NCAA's Division I, that was founded on May 8, 1953. The current member institutions are located in the mid- and south-Atlantic coastal states of Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Charter members of the ACC were Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. In early December, 1953, officials convened in Greensboro and agreed to invite Virginia to the ACC. The seven charter members were aligned to the Southern Conference before formally withdrawing at the annual Spring Meeting on the morning of May 8, 1953. Prior to this meeting, a set a bylaws were drafted, but not ratified until June 14, 1953.

In 1971, the ACC lost a member for the first and only time, The University of South Carolina, which now belongs to the Southeastern Conference. The ACC then operated with seven members until April 3, 1978 when Georgia Tech joined. On July 1, 1991, Florida State joined, raising the total to nine. In 2003's cycle of conference alignment, the ACC picked up three more teams: Miami and Virginia Tech were invited in June 2003 effective July 1, 2004, and Boston College was invited in October 2003 for a join date of July 1, 2005.

Current members and year joined

* The ACC expanded from nine to 11 schools in 2004, with Miami and Virginia Tech joining from the Big East Conference.

**Boston College joins in 2005, bringing the total to 12 schools.

Traditional rivalries in the ACC

As with most ACC traditions, the conference's classic rivalries began on the (men's) basketball court. Before the 2004 expansion, the ACC was able to maintain a full home-and-home double round-robin basketball schedule, meaning each team played each other team both at home and away each season. Coupled with the conference's geographic compactness (especially before Florida State joined in 1991), this enhanced conference cohesiveness and built a strong, interlocking web of rivalries, as each school could generally find something historical to be upset with each other school about. Some rivalries were, of course, stronger than others notably those among the four "Tobacco Road" schools located in North Carolina.

Lesser-known are the ACC's football rivalries. With the recent expansion, intra-state rivalries in Florida and Virginia that have always been more significant in football than basketball are now under the conference banner. This gives them added meaning, as these games will have more direct impact on postseason bowl game invitations.

Some of the ACC's classic rivalries include:

Extra-conference rivalries involving ACC members include:

In addition, Maryland has a long-held bitter rivalry in men's lacrosse with Johns Hopkins.

Since the 1999-2000 season, ACC teams have played Big Ten teams in the annual ACC - Big Ten Challenge men's basketball tournament; the ACC has "won" this tournament every year since its inception (ACC teams have won a majority of the games played in every season).


ACC Men's Player of the Year



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