December 5, 2008

NCAA Division I-A / Football Bowl Subdivision, the ACC: Team Profiles and Attendance Map (2007 figures).

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The Atlantic Coast Conference (the ACC) was formed in May, 1953.  Founding members were Clemson (Clemson, SC),   Duke (Durham, NC),   Maryland (College Park, MD),   North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC),   North Carolina State (Raleigh, NC),  South Carolina (Columbia, SC),   and Wake Forest (Winston-Salem, NC).   These schools left the Southern Conference primarily because that conference had a ban on post-season play.

In 1971, South Carolina left to become an Independent (South Carolina is now in the SEC).

Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) left the MAC,  and joined the ACC in 1978.   Georgia Tech had been in the Southeastern Conference (the SEC) from 1933 to 1963.

Florida State (Tallahassee, FL), also left the MAC to join the ACC,  in 1991.

In 2003,  there was a big shake-up in the East,  and 3 schools eventually left the Big East to join the ACC…Miami (Coral Gables, FL)  and Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) joined the ACC in 2004;  Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) joined in 2005.

The ACC Championship Game is Saturday, December 6th,  in Tampa, Florida.  For the second straight year,  Virginia Tech will play Boston College for the Conference Title  {see this}.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages on ACC football teams at Wikipedia.   Thanks to .   Thanks to the AP Poll Archive (Click here}.    Thanks to the sites on the SSUR site (the Society for Sports Uniforms Research) {Click here}.   Thanks to the North Carolina sports site called Tar Heel Times {Click here}.  

Thanks to the Helmet Hut site  (I have set the following link to Florida State helmets;  the Miami page is also nice)  {Click here}. 

Thanks to Michael Bolding’s My Favorite Bowl Games page  {Click here}.  This is a nice page to check out, with lots of old photos and illustrations.  I found old,  leather helmet-era,  and early 1950s-era helmet illustrations here (evidently from the FB Helmets to Infininity site,  which is now the Infinite Helmets site,  and is just starting to add content.  On Infinite Helmets,  there is a nice modern, Schutt-type helmet template,  which can be seen on the NFL teams there…Click here).

November 16, 2007

College Football, The ACC. Attendance Map, 2006.

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The Atlantic Coast Conference was formed in June, 1953, and begun play for football that fall.  The 7 founding members had left the Sothern Conference, primarily due to that conference’s ban on post-season play.  Charter members were Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.  Virginia joined the following year.  South Carolina opted to become an independent in 1971 (they are now in the SEC).  Georgia Tech joined in 1978, and Florida State joined in 1991 (both from the old Metro Conference, a fore-runner of Conference USA).  In 2004, Miami and Virginia Tech left the Big East, in a rather acrimonious fashion, and joined the ACC. A year later, Boston College followed suit.  This made the ACC a 12-team conference.  In 2005, the ACC began divisional play, with a Championship game played each December in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Atlantic Division is made up of Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, and Wake Forest.  The Coastal Conference is comprised of Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia, North Carolina, and Duke. 
With regards to the Conference Titles chart, I did not list the 3 Dixie Conference titles that Florida State won (1948-1950), as the conference was a pretty small concern.  4 of the 9 schools in it then did not field football teams.  The conference, now called the USA South Athletic Conference,  is in Division 3.  The list shows Duke with 16 conference titles, and that is not a typo. Duke fielded some successful football teams during it’s time in the Southern Conference (1928-1952), and were champions, or co-champions, of the first 3 ACC seasons (1953-1955).  Of course now, Duke focuses it’s energies on it’s huge basketball program, to the detriment of it’s sparsely attended football program.  Thanks to the Midwest Collectibles website. 

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