Acc Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference

Acc Basketball The Story of the Rivalries Traditions and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference Since the inception of the Atlantic Coast Conference intense rivalries legendary coaches gifted players and fervent fans have come to define the league s basketball history In ACC Basketball J Sa

  • Title: Acc Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Author: J. Samuel Walker
  • ISBN: 9780807835036
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Since the inception of the Atlantic Coast Conference, intense rivalries, legendary coaches, gifted players, and fervent fans have come to define the league s basketball history In ACC Basketball, J Samuel Walker traces the traditions and the dramatic changes that occurred both on and off the court during the conference s rise to a preeminent position in college basketbalSince the inception of the Atlantic Coast Conference, intense rivalries, legendary coaches, gifted players, and fervent fans have come to define the league s basketball history In ACC Basketball, J Samuel Walker traces the traditions and the dramatic changes that occurred both on and off the court during the conference s rise to a preeminent position in college basketball between 1953 and 1972.Walker vividly re creates the action of nail biting games and the tensions of bitter recruiting battles without losing sight of the central off court questions the league wrestled with during these two decades As basketball became the ACC s foremost attraction, conference administrators sought to field winning teams while improving academic programs and preserving academic integrity The ACC also adapted gradually to changes in the postwar South, including, most prominently, the struggle for racial justice during the 1960s ACC Basketball is a lively, entertaining account of coaches flair and antics , players artistry, a major point shaving scandal, and the gradually evenly matched struggle for dominance in one of college basketball s strongest conferences.

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    1. A competently written history of the early years of the ACC. The discussion of basketball is fine and dandy--Walker provides the requisite details about the lives of notable figures such as Ronnie Shavlik, Everett Case, Vic Bubas, Bones McKinney, Lenny Rosenbluth, et al.--but the real meat of the book concerns the reasons for the formation of the ACC (a strange mixture of disgust by schools like Virginia and Duke at the lax academic standards of the old Southern Conference and disgust by schools [...]

    2. Great book examining the formation and early history of the ACC. As a Terp I was fascinated to discover my alma mater used to be considered a Football Factory (!) and left their existing conference for the ACC so they could participate in Bowl games. Kind of funny that decades later UMD is leaving the ACC for effectively the same reason (hint: $$$$$).I was also somewhat shocked at the obscene level of corruption and scandals that plagued early college sports, it was really an eye opener.If you a [...]

    3. For ACC Basketball fans, gives a great context for how the league came to be created out of the Southern Conference (mix of football factories AND academic schools - go figure!). Fun background on what each school was like at the time. Ironic that ACC basketball started due to football concerns, great basketball resulted, and now because of football concerns, the league is expanding and KILLING the traditions that this book retells. O well - there's always baseball.

    4. This book was a well written story of how the Atlantic Coast Conference came to be as it is today. It tells the storys of how it was tough getting it started, but when it got together it quickly became one of the premier conferences in the nation. This book tells how they fixed problems, made winners, and defeated competition. I recommend it for anyone who likes basketball or the acc.

    5. This was a very good history of the formative years of ACC basketball. I've lived in Raleigh for 11 years now. Nice to know the backstory to all the rivalry.

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