1996 ACC Season Review
However, in today's intercollegiate athletics, competition has become so balanced and so competitive that it is virtually impossible to maintain a high level of consistency.
Yet the Atlantic Coast Conference has defied the odds. Now in its 45th year of competition, the ACC has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. And that is not mere conjecture, the numbers support it.
Since the league's inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 59 NCAA and AIAW championships, including 27 in men's competition and 32 in women's.
1996-97 IN REVIEW
The ACC placed at least one team in the Top 10 nationally in 16 of the 24 sports sponsored by the league. Other records of note during the 1996-97 season include 84 teams competing at NCAA Championships, four bowl teams and 33 Top 10 showings.
Seven ACC teams, in six different sports representing five of the nine member institutions, earned a No. 1 ranking during the course of the past academic year.
On December 4, 1953, conference officials met again and officially admitted the University of Virginia. The only withdrawal of a school from the ACC came on June 30, 1971 when the University of South Carolina tendered its resignation.
The conference operated with seven members until April 3, 1978, when Georgia Tech was added. The ACC expanded to nine members on July 1, 1991, with the addition of Florida State.