2014 Preseason All-ACC Football Team Announced | ACC Now

The ACC Preseason team is announced! Find out what players have made the list on today's ACC Now!


Riley Skinner's ACC Kickoff Impressions | ACC Now

ACC Digital Network analyst and Wake Forest legend Riley Skinner shares his impressions from ACC Kickoff and breaks down the Coastal and Atlantic Divisions!



North Carolina's Larry Fedora Previews 2014 Season | #ACCkickoff

ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel sits down with UNC's Larry Fedora to talk about the Tar Heel's QB competition and their chances of winning the Coastal Division!


Florida State's Jimbo Fisher on Defending National Title | #ACCkickoff

ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel sits down with Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher at ACC Kickoff. Fisher discusses the Seminoles quest for another national championship and his thoughts of Jameis Winston playing both football and baseball.



NC State's Dave Doeren Talks New Starting QB Jacoby Brissett | #ACCkickoff

ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel sits down with NC State's Dave Doeren to talk about his second year of coaching the wolfpack and new transfer starting QB Jacoby Brissett!


Clemson's Dabo Swinney Previews 2014 Season | #ACCkickoff

ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel sits down with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney to discuss the upcoming season. Swinney talks about the strength of the defensive line and how Cole Stoudt is ready to be the starting quarterback of the Tigers.



Syracuse's Scott Shafer Talks #44 | #ACCkickoff

ACC Digital network host Jeff Fischel sits down with Syracuse's Scott Shafer to talk about Quarterback Terrel Hunt and what the legendary number 44 means to 'Cuse football!


2014 Preseason All-ACC Football Team Announced | ACC Now

The ACC Preseason team is announced! Find out what players have made the list on today's ACC Now!



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The Atlantic Coast Conference was founded on May 8, 1953, at the Sedgefield Inn near Greensboro, N.C., with seven charter members - Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Wake Forest - drawing up the conference by-laws.

The withdrawal of seven schools from the Southern Conference came early on the morning of May 8, 1953, during the Southern Conference's annual spring meeting. On June 14, 1953, the seven members met in Raleigh, N.C., where a set of bylaws was adopted and the name became officially the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Suggestions from fans for the name of the new conference appeared in the region's newspapers prior to the meeting in Raleigh. Some of the names suggested were: Dixie, Mid South, Mid Atlantic, East Coast, Seaboard, Colonial, Tobacco, Blue-Gray, Piedmont, Southern Seven and the Shoreline.

Duke's Eddie Cameron recommended that the name of the conference be the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the motion was passed unanimously. The meeting concluded with each member institution assessed $200.00 to pay for conference expenses.

On December 4, 1953, conference officials met again at Sedgefield and officially admitted the University of Virginia as the league's eighth member. The first, and only, withdrawal of a school from the ACC came on June 30, 1971, when the University of South Carolina tendered its resignation.

The ACC operated with seven members until April 3, 1978, when the Georgia Institute of Technology was admitted. The Atlanta school had withdrawn from the Southeastern Conference in January of 1964.

The ACC expanded to nine members on July 1, 1991, with the addition of Florida State University.

The conference expanded to 11 members on July 1, 2004, with the addition of the University of Miami and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

On October 17, 2003, Boston College accepted an invitation to become the league's 12th member starting July 1, 2005.

On September 18, 2011, the ACC extended formal invitations to Pitt and Syracuse. The league announced it had accepted Notre Dame as a new member (all sports except for football) on September 12, 2012.

The ACC officially grew to 15 members on July 1, 2013 as Pitt, Syracuse and Notre Dame officially entered the league amidst a huge celebration in New York City.

On November 28, 2012, the ACC announced the acceptance of the University of Louisville with an official entry date of July 1, 2014.

 

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