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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. It also operates an academic consortium known as the Atlantic Coast Conference Inter-institutional Academic Collaborative that helps to foster inter-institutional collaborations between its member's academic and research programs. In 2011, the conference announced it was adding Syracuse and Pittsburgh to expand to fourteen members beginning in the 2013 academic year. In 2012, the ACC announced it would add Notre Dame in all sports but football and hockey. Also in 2012, the University of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to withdraw from the ACC to join the Big Ten Conference. On November 28, 2012, the ACC's Council of Presidents voted unanimously to invite the University of Louisville as a full member, replacing Maryland.[1]

ACC 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 current six "power conferences," and the ACC football champion receives an automatic bid to one of the Bowl Championship Series games each season.

Selected member institution

Cathedral of Learning
The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded as Pittsburgh Academy in 1787 on what was then the American frontier, Pitt is one of the oldest continuously chartered institutions of higher education in the United States. Pitt evolved into the Western University of Pennsylvania with an alteration to its charter in 1819, and upon relocating to its current campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh in 1908, the school received its current moniker, the University of Pittsburgh. For most of its history Pitt was a private institution, until it became part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education in 1966.

Pitt has consistently placed in the top cluster of U.S. public research universities and among the overall top 25 research universities according to the Center for Measuring University Performance, is listed as one of U.S. News & World Report's top 20 public universities, and has been listed among the best colleges for the quality of life of its students. Pitt has also been named as a "best value" by various publications, and has appeared in multiple rankings of the world's top universities.

Pitt is among the nation's and world's most active research institutions as evidenced by its $899 million in annual research expenditures, its receipt of the fifth largest amount of federally sponsored research funding among U.S. universities, and its election as one of the 62 North American members of the Association of American Universities. Pitt and its medical school are also closely affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the nation's leading academic medical centers.

Pitt is popularly recognized for, among other things, its centerpiece building, the Cathedral of Learning and for its central role in developing the first polio vaccine.

Selected athletic program

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The University of Virginia's athletics program have been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1953. The current Athletic Director at Virginia is Craig Littlepage. The Virginia Cavaliers, also called "Wahoos" or "Hoos", have won 21 recognized national championships, 16 of them since 1980. Virginia has won multiple national titles in six different sports, including three men's sports (lacrosse, 7; soccer, 6; and boxing, 2) and three women's sports (lacrosse, 3; rowing, 2; and cross country, 2). It also holds a national championship in track and field. The men's college basketball team has won either the ACC regular season (1981, 1982, 1983, 1995, 2007) or ACC Tournament (1976) titles six times and has been to the Final Four twice, while the women's squad has been three times.

The football team won a share of the ACC Championship in both 1989 and 1995 (both before the conference had a championship game). After never reaching a bowl before 1984, the team has played in 17 bowl games since. The program is also notable for its recent high draft picks in the National Football League, including the #4 overall pick of 2006, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and the #2 overall pick of 2008, Chris Long. The program is a party to three major rivalry games in the conference: the longest series in the ACC, the South's Oldest Rivalry with North Carolina; the Commonwealth Cup with Virginia Tech (part of the greater Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry); and the Beltway Brawl with Maryland. While the Cavaliers have played UNC more times (114) than any other rival, all of these opponents – North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Maryland – each list Virginia as their schools' longest-standing football rivals.

The new John Paul Jones Arena opened in the fall of 2006 for men's and women's basketball. It seats 14,593 fans, making it the third largest on-campus basketball facility in the ACC and the largest arena not located in a major metropolitan area. The arena's inaugural year witnessed the Virginia men's basketball team's first place finish in the ACC. The basketball program reached the final four in 1981 and 1984 and has 17 NCAA tournament appearances in its history.

Davenport Field, where the UVa baseball team plays, opened in 2002. In 2009, the baseball team won a place in the College World Series for the first time. In 2006, the men's lacrosse team won its fourth NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship, and sixth including the pre-tournament era. The soccer teams are also national powers, with men's soccer having won 6 national championships to date and the women's team is regularly ranked in the top 10 nationally. The teams play their home matches at Klöckner Stadium, the largest soccer stadium in the ACC. The men's team has been invited to the NCAA Tournament for 26 consecutive years and made the College Cup many times.

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2013–14 ACC Championships

Men's Sport Champion
Baseball May 20-25, 2014; Greensboro, NC
Basketball March 12-16, 2014; Greensboro, NC
Cross Country Syracuse
Football Dec. 7, 2013; Charlotte, NC
Golf April 25-27, 2014; New London, NC
Lacrosse April 25-27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA
Soccer Nov. 15 & 17, 2013; Germantown, MD
Swimming & Diving Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2014; Greensboro, NC
Tennis April 24-27; 2014; Cary, NC
Track & Field, Indoor Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2014; Clemson, SC
Track & Field, Outdoor April 17-19, 2014; Chapel Hill, NC
Wrestling March 8, 2014; Blacksburg, VA
Women's Sport Champion
Basketball March 5-9, 2014; Greensboro, NC
Cross Country Florida State
Field Hockey Nov. 7, 8, & 10, 2013; Newton, MA
Golf April 18-20, 2014; Greensboro, NC
Lacrosse April 24, 25, & 27, 2014; Newton, MA
Rowing May 17, 2014; Lake Hartwell, SC
Soccer Nov. 8 & 10, 2013; Cary, NC
Softball May 8-10; 2014; College Park, MD
Swimming & Diving Feb. 19-22, 2014; Greensboro, NC
Tennis April 23-27, 2014; Cary, NC
Track & Field, Indoor Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2014; Clemson, SC
Track & Field, Outdoor April 17-19, 2014; Chapel Hill, NC
Volleyball determined by regular season champion


Selected biography

Dean Smith
Dean Edwards Smith (born February 28, 1931) is a retired American head coach of men's college basketball. Smith is best known for his successful 36-year coaching tenure at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith coached from 1961 to 1997 and retired with 879 victories, which was the NCAA Division I men's basketball record at that time. Smith has the 9th highest winning percentage of any men’s college basketball coach (77.6%). During his tenure as head coach of North Carolina, his teams won 17 regular-season ACC titles, 13 ACC tournament titles, two national titles, and appeared in 11 Final Fours.

While at North Carolina, Smith helped promote desegregation by recruiting the University’s first African American scholarship basketball player, Charlie Scott, and pushing for equal treatment for African Americans by local businesses. Smith coached the United States team to a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Montreal and is one of only three coaches to have coached teams to an Olympic gold medal, an NIT championship and an NCAA championship. He was named the National Coach of the Year four times and ACC Coach of the Year eight times . Smith was also inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on May 2, 1983, Smith retired as head coach from North Carolina in 1997. The basketball arena at North Carolina, the Dean E. Smith Center which is widely referred to as the "Dean Dome", is named for Smith.

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  1. ^ "ACC Extends Formal Invitation for Membership to the University of Louisville". Atlantic Coast Conference. Nov. 28, 2012. Retrieved Nov. 28, 2012.