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Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Sports

Updated on August 16, 2014

Atlantic Coast Conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is an athletic conference that is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).There were seven universities that were charter members of the ACC in its founding in 1953 (Clemson University, Duke University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, University of South Carolina) and all were previous members of the Southern Conference. The headquarters for the Atlantic Coast Conference is in Greensboro, NC. The commissioner of the ACC is John Swofford who became commissioner in 1997.

The ACC now consists of 15 colleges and universities, however the University of Notre Dame is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except for football. ACC teams are in Division 1-A of collegiate sports. Football is still the same division but now known as the Football Bowl Series.

The ACC has been predominately known as a powerhouse conference in basketball and is slowly starting to gain notoriety as a conference in college football.

Atlantic Coast Conference Teams

Boston College
Duke University
Clemson University
Georgia Tech
Florida State University
University of Miami
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
Syracuse University
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
Virginia Tech
University of Louisville

ACC Teams Update

Teams that joined in 2013

  • Syracuse University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Notre Dame - Joined the ACC in all sports except for football, however have contracted to play ACC teams during the regular season in football and will not be able to compete in ACC Championship.

Teams will join or will leave the ACC in 2014

  • University of Louisville will be joining in 2014
  • University of Maryland will be departing the ACC in 2014

ACC Sports Teams

Men's Teams
Women's Teams
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field (Indoor/Outdoor)
*Notre Dame sports teams all in ACC except for Football

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ACC Football

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is considered one the six power conferences in college football, and in the new college football playoff system starting in 2014, the ACC possesses one of the 5 bowl tie ins.

While not being known as a powerhouse conference in the world of college football as conferences such as the SEC or Big 12, the ACC in recent years has started gaining ground by performing well in regular season games and bowl games. In 2013 Florida State won the National Championship beating a strong Auburn team and Clemson won the Orange Bowl in an electrifying game against Ohio State

Top 5 ACC Football Stadiums

Florida State
Doak Campbell Stadium
Memorial Stadium "Death Valley"
Notre Dame**
Notre Dame Stadium
Sun Life Stadium
Virginia Tech
Lane Stadium
** Although not part of the ACC in football considered in this list due to many ACC regular season games being played here

ACC Basketball Quick Facts

  • 15 Teams
  • 12 National Championsips
  • 68 Final Four Appearances
  • UNC holds best ACC winning percentage at .716

ACC Basketball

The ACC has always been a powerhouse basketball conference with great teams such as University of North Carolina, Duke University, Maryland, NC State, and more. Between those four teams they have together accomplished 12 National Championships and 68 final four appearances.

National Championships

  1. University of North Carolina = 5
  2. Duke University = 4
  3. North Carolina State University = 2
  4. University of Maryland = 1

The University of North Carolina has dominated the ACC in just about every category with Duke a close second. North Carolina holds the best team ACC record at 608-241 as well as the best ACC winning percentage at .716. Duke is second in the league at 552-285 with .659 winning percentage. North Carolina also holds the most ACC regular season championships with 29, and once again Duke second with 19. ACC tournament championships is one category that is different with Duke having 19 and North Carolina in a close second with 17.

The "New School" Atlantic Coast Conference

The ACC has added a few new schools to its roster in the past year and will add another in 2014. The University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, and University of Pittsburgh joined the ACC in 2013 and will only add to the strength of the ACC in basketball.

The ACC will welcome the University of Louisville in 2014 the reigning collegiate National Champions in 2013. Once again adding to the strength of ACC basketball.

Top 5 ACC Basketball Arenas

Carrier Dome
KFC Yum! Center
North Carolina
Dean Smith Center
North Carolina State
PNC Arena
John Paul Jones Arena

Atlantic Coast Conference Sports


ACC Gridiron 2014

This year in the ACC football should be exciting. With players like Jameis Winston returning to run the Florida State offense, Vic Beasley returning to Clemson's defense, and the addition of Louisville and Notre Dame, should be an electric year,

The ACC had a great showing in bowl games this year with Florida State winning the BCS National Championship and Clemson's big win in the Orange Bowl over Ohio State.

The ACC Atlantic Division will most likely be decided by the Florida State Clemson game. However I think Florida State will probably be a heavy favorite this season, As for the Coastal Division it will probably be a race to the finish with anyone being in contention to play for the ACC Championship. If Duke has another season like this past one, they should have a great chance at repeating the accomplishments of last season.

ACC Mascots

ACC Baseball

ACC Baseball has traditionally been a strong conference having many teams ranked in the top 25 in most of the major college baseball polls. The 2014 season seems to be no different with 6* teams being ranked in the preseason top 25 Usa Today College Baseball poll.

* Louisville is ranked in the preseason top 25 but will not be joining the ACC until July 2014.

Things to watch in ACC baseball this year:

North Carolina pitching should be very strong this year. With returning starters like Sophomore Trent Thornton, it should be tough hitting against North Carolina this year.

According to ESPN's Teddy Mitrosilis NC State should be an early season favorite to win the 2014 College World Series with several returning players that should be very high 1st round draft picks like pitcher Carlos Rodon being touted as a possible overall number pick in next years draft.

This years ACC Baseball tournament will be held in Greensboro, NC.

ACC Baseball Parks

Baseball Park
Florida State
Dick Howser Stadium
Wake Forest
Wake Forest Baseball Park
Davenport Field
Alex Rodriguez Park
Doug Kingsmore Stadium


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