|Atlantic Coast Conference |
|Division||Division I FBS|
|Members||12 (+2 joining)|
|Sports fielded||25 (men's: 12; women's: 13)|
South Atlantic (11 schools)|
Northeast (1 school; 3 schools in 2014)
|Headquarters||Greensboro, North Carolina|
|Commissioner||John Swofford (since 1997)|
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic league in the United States. Founded in 1953 in Greensboro, North Carolina, the ACC sanctions competition in twenty-five sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for its twelve member universities. In 2011, the conference announced it was adding Syracuse and Pitt to expand to fourteen members. Football teams participate in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the higher of two levels of Division I college football.
The ACC is considered one of the six "power conferences," and the ACC football champion receives an automatic bid to one of the Bowl Championship Series games each season.
Seven universities were charter members of the ACC: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. Previously members of the Southern Conference, they left partially due to that league's ban on post-season play. After drafting a set of bylaws for the creation of a new league, the seven withdrew from the Southern Conference at the spring meeting on the morning of May 8, 1953. The bylaws were ratified on June 14, 1953, and the ACC was created. On December 4, 1953, officials convened in Greensboro, North Carolina, and admitted Virginia into the conference.
In 1971, South Carolina left the ACC to become an independent. The ACC operated with seven members until the addition of Georgia Tech from the Metro Conference on April 3, 1978. The total number of member schools reached nine with the addition of Florida State, also formerly from the Metro Conference, on July 1, 1991.
The ACC added three members from the Big East Conference during the 2005 cycle of conference realignment: Miami and Virginia Tech joined on July 1, 2004, and Boston College joined on July 1, 2005, as the league's twelfth member and the first and only one from New England. The expansion was not without controversy, since Connecticut, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia (and, initially, Virginia Tech) filed lawsuits against the ACC, Miami, and Boston College for conspiring to weaken the Big East Conference.
On September 17, 2011, Big East Conference members Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh both tendered a formal written application to the ACC to join its ranks. The two schools were accepted into the conference the following day. Because the Big East intends to hold Pitt and Syracuse to the 27-month notice period required by league bylaws, the most likely entry date into the ACC (barring negotiations) is July 1, 2014.
|James H. Weaver||1954–1970|
|Eugene F. Corrigan||1987–1997|
|Boston College Eagles||Chestnut Hill, MA||Alumni Stadium|
|Clemson Tigers||Clemson, SC||Clemson Memorial Stadium|
|Duke Blue Devils||Durham, NNC||Wallace Wade Stadium|
|Florida State Seminoles||Tallahassee, FL||Doak Campbell Stadium|
|Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||Atlanta, GA||Bobby Dodd Stadium|
|Louisville Cardinals||Louisville, KY||Papa John's Cardinal Stadium|
|Miami Hurricanes||Coral Gables, FL|| Sun Life Stadium|
(in Miami Gardens, Florida)
|North Carolina Tar Heels||Chapel Hill, NC||Kenan Stadium|
|North Carolina State Wolfpack||Raleigh, NC||Carter-Finley Stadium|
|Pittsburgh Panthers||Pittsburgh, PA||Heinz Field|
|Syracuse Orange||Syracuse, NY||Carrier Dome|
|Virginia Cavaliers||Charlottesville, VA||Scott Stadium|
|Virginia Tech Hokies||Blacksburg, VA||Lane Stadium|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||Winston-Salem, NC||Groves Stadium|
|Team||ACC Tenure||Conference Team|
|South Carolina Gamecocks||1953–1971||4||Southeastern Conference|
Football division alignmentEdit
In 2005, the ACC began divisional play in football. Division leaders compete in a playoff game to determine the ACC championship. The inaugural Championship Game was played on December 3, 2005, in Jacksonville, Florida, at the stadium then known as Alltel Stadium, in which Florida State defeated Virginia Tech to capture its 12th championship since it joined the league in 1992. The 2009 ACC Championship Game was played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida with Georgia Tech defeating Clemson by a score of 39-34.
The ACC is the only NCAA Division I conference whose divisions are not divided geographically (North/South, East/West).
This division structure leads to each team playing the following games:
- Five games within its division (one against each opponent)
- One game against a designated permanent rival from the other division (not necessarily the school's closest traditional rival, even within the conference); this is similar to the SEC setup
- Two rotating games (one home, one away) against teams in the other division
In the table below, each column represents one division. Each team's designated permanent rival is listed in the same row in the opposing column.
|Atlantic Division||Coastal Division|
|Boston College||Virginia Tech|
|North Carolina State||North Carolina|
The following is the bowl selection order starting in 2010 and through 2013 and the teams involved in each bowl.
|Pick||Name||Location||Opposing Conference||Opposing Pick|
|1||Orange Bowl||Miami Gardens, FL||BCS||-|
|2||Chick-fil-A Bowl||Atlanta, GA||SEC||3/4/5|
|3||Russell Athletic Bowl||Orlando, FL||Big East||2|
|4||Sun Bowl||El Paso, TX||Pac-12||4|
|5||Belk Bowl||Charlotte, NC||Big East||3|
|6||Music City Bowl||Nashville, TN||SEC||7/8|
|7||Independence Bowl||Shreveport, LA||SEC||10|
|8||Military Bowl||Washington, DC||Army 2012, Big 12 2013||-|
|Kraft Foods Bowl||Santa Clara, CA||Pac-12, WAC, Army, or Navy||-|
Bowl selection proceduresEdit
Within the Bowl Championship Series, the Orange Bowl serves as the home of the ACC champion against another BCS at-large selection unless the conference's champion is selected for the national championship game.
The other bowls pick ACC teams in the order listed. The ACC Championship Game runner-up is guaranteed to fall no lower than the Sun Bowl, the 4th pick, in the conference bowl hierarchy. Previously the ACC Championship Game runner-up had been guaranteed the Music City Bowl with usually then the 5th pick. The other rule change that will be in effect for the next four years is that the ACC has eliminated the clause in the contract that states if a bowl team has already selected the runner-up, it doesn't have to choose it again. 
Moreover, a bowl game can bypass a team in the selection process only if the two teams in question are within one game of each other in the overall ACC standings. This rule was instituted in response to concerns over the 2005 bowl season, in which Atlantic Division co-champion Boston College fell to the ACC's then-last remaining bowl slot, the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho.
Though the NCAA does not determine an official national champion for Division I FBS football, several ACC members have achieved a national championship through the Associated Press, the Coaches Poll, or the Bowl Championship Series.
|School||Helms Athletic Foundation||Associated Press||Coaches Poll||Bowl Championship Series|
|Florida State||1993, 1999||1993, 1999||1999|
|Georgia Tech||1917, 1928, 1952||1990|
|Miami||1983, 1987, 1989,
|1983, 1987, 1989,
- Italics denote championships won before the school joined the ACC.
- ↑ This Is the ACC. TheACC.com. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved on January 8, 2011.
- ↑ About the ACC. Atlantic Coast Conference. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. Retrieved on February 3, 2012.
- ↑ ACC Hall of Champions Debuts. SlamOnline.com. Source Interlink Magazines, LLC (March 2, 2011). Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
- ↑ The Southern Conference Hall of Fame opened in 2009. "Southern Conference Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Class", Southern Conference, 2009-01-28. Retrieved on 2009-01-28.
- ↑ Thamel, Pete. "Big East Exit Is Said to Begin for Syracuse and Pittsburgh", September 17, 2011. Retrieved on September 17, 2011. Archived from the original on September 17, 2011.
- ↑ Clarke, Liz. "ACC expands to 14 with addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh", September 18, 2011. Retrieved on September 18, 2011. Archived from the original on September 18, 2011.
- ↑ Taylor, John (September 20, 2011). Big East to force Pitt, Syracuse to stay until 2014. College Football Talk. NBC Sports. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved on September 26, 2011.