How Much Do You Really Know About the ACC?

By: Gavin Thagard

What does ACC stand for?

The ACC is one of the top conferences in college athletics. Schools from the conference have been a part of multiple championships across a variety of sports.

When was the ACC founded?

The founding members of the ACC were originally part of the Southern Conference. The move was largely due to a ban on post-season play for teams in the Southern Conference.

Which team was NOT originally part of the conference​?

Georgia Tech did not join the ACC until 1979, which excluded its football team at the time. Tech's football team was added to the conference in 1983.

Which team is no longer part of the conference?

Steve Spurrier coached South Carolina's football team from 2005 until his retirement in 2015. He introduced a pass-heavy offense to the team, which helped him win more games than any other coach in South Carolina history.

What year did Florida State join the ACC?

Jimbo Fisher coached Florida State to a National Championship in 2013, the final year before the College Football Playoffs began. At the end of the 2017 season, Fisher surprised everyone by leaving the school to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M.

Aside from Notre Dame, how many teams are in the ACC?

Notre Dame's football team is only partially part of the conference. They play five rotating opponents from the ACC each year.

Which ACC team plays football games in Hard Rock Stadium?

The Miami Hurricanes launched onto the college football landscape in the 1980s, winning three National Championships during the decade. The Miami teams of that era were known for their attitude and physical play.

Which team plays basketball in Cameron Indoor Stadium?

Since 1980, Duke has been coached in men's basketball by Mike Krzyzewski. Krzyzewski is one of the most respected coaches in all of basketball, coaching three U.S. Olympic teams to gold medals.

Which player won a Heisman Trophy for the Pittsburgh Panthers?

After leaving college, Tony Dorsett was taken by the Dallas Cowboys with the second pick in the 1977 NFL draft. He would have a Hall of Fame career, which included four Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl at the end of his rookie season.

Which conference was Pittsburgh in before joining the ACC?

The downfall of the Big East Conference was initiated by the separation between "football" and "non-football" schools in the conference. This split brought about tension, partially over revenue shares.

Which coach guided Florida State to its first National Championship in 1993?

Bobby Bowden built up a Florida State program that was pretty much non-existent before he got there. He coached the school from 1976 until 2009, winning two National Championships.

How many championships has Duke won in men's basketball?

Duke has had one of the most successful college basketball programs in the country, particularly in the last four decades. This is partially due to star players who have gone through the program such as J.J. Redick, Shane Battier and Grant Hill.

What is the nickname of Clemson's football stadium?

Leading into games, Clemson players have a tradition of running down the hill on the east side of the stadium. Howard's Rock is located there, which players rub for good luck.

Who coaches North Carolina's men's basketball team?

Roy Williams has been the head coach at North Carolina since 2003. He's led the team to three NCAA Tournament championships, with his first coming in 2005.

Which team did Michael Vick play for?

Michael Vick was one of the most explosive athletes to come through college football. That's one of the reasons he was taken with the first pick in the 2001 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

What's the mascot of Wake Forrest?

Wake Forest has found most of its recent success in athletics with the women's field hockey team. The team won three straight championships from 2002 through 2004.

Who did Michael Jordan lead to a championship in men's basketball?

Michael Jordan was drafted third overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1984 NBA draft. He went on to dominate the NBA, winning six NBA championships throughout the '90s.

Which ACC school does not have a baseball team?

The Syracuse men's basketball team is coached by Jim Boeheim, who's been the head coach for the school since 1976. Boeheim also played for the school in the '60s before joining on as an assistant coach.

Which ACC women's basketball team did Dawn Staley play for from 1988 until 1992?

After averaging over 14 points and 6 assists her junior year, Dawn Staley was named the Naismith College Player of the Year in 1991. With a repeat performance, she earned the award again in 1992.

Which ACC basketball team plays in KFC Yum! Center?

Rick Pitino coached the Louisville men's basketball team from 2001 until 2017. Pitino was fired in 2017 for a pay-for-play scandal that took place in his program.

Which team did Deion Sanders play for?

Deion Sanders knew how to put on a performance, particularly when the lights were shining the brightest. With the ability to turn it on under pressure, he earned the nickname "Primetime."

When did Boston College join the ACC?

Boston College has been one of the elite teams in men's ice hockey over the years. The team currently has five NCAA championships, with the latest coming in 2012.

Which ACC school plays softball in Shirley Clements Mewborn Field?

Shirley Clements Mewborn Field replaced the Yellow Jackets' previous softball stadium, Glenn Field. It also doubled the seating for spectators.

Who did Lamar Jackson win the Heisman Trophy with?

Throughout his college career, Lamar Jackson proved he was as explosive an athlete as the football world had ever seen. He racked up over 9,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards while in college.

Which Florida State player won the Heisman Trophy in 2013?

Jameis Winston's career, both in college and in the NFL, has been stained by off-the-field issues. Critics claim Jimbo Fisher, his former head coach, was too lenient on him in college, which has extended to his professional career.

Which ACC team won the NCAA men's basketball championship in 2017?

North Carolina defeated Gonzaga in the final game of the NCAA Tournament to capture the championship in 2017. Joel Berry II was named the MVP of the game after putting up 22 points and 6 assists.

When the Maryland women's basketball team won the NCAA championship in 2006, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player?

Maryland left the ACC in 2014 when college realignment was running rampant. The school joined the Big 10 instead.

Which ACC team did Calvin Johnson play wide receiver​ for?

To the surprise of many, Calvin Johnson left the NFL after only nine seasons in the league. He was still one of the most productive receivers when he retired, putting up over 1,000 yards receiving each year.

Which ACC school does NOT have a softball team?

Despite not having a softball team, Miami's baseball team has been quite productive throughout its history. The team currently has four championships, with the first coming in 1982.

What is the University of Virginia's mascot?

The Cavaliers have dominated in multiple sports from lacrosse to tennis. However, the school has the most championships in men's soccer.

Which team outside the ACC is a rival of Pittsburgh?

Despite not playing each other from 2000 through 2016, the rivalry between Pitt and Penn State is one of the most intense in college football. Penn State currently leads the series, which is known as "The Keystone Classic."

Which ACC school plays football in Lane Stadium?

Lane Stadium is one of the fiercest places to play in college football. ESPN ranked it #2 in their "Top 10 Scariest Places to Play."

Which team did Deshaun Watson lead to a National Championship​?

Few expected Clemson to defeat Alabama in the 2017 National Championship. However, Deshaun Watson refused to give in throughout the game, taking hit after hit, and ultimately, Clemson won the game 35-31.

Which ACC men's basketball team did Jimmy Valvano coach in the '80s?

The Jimmy V Foundation was set up in honor of Jimmy Valvano, whose fight with cancer was well-documented. The foundation raises money each year to help with cancer research.

Where did Carmelo Anthony play basketball in college?

Under head coach Jim Boeheim, Carmelo Anthony led the Orange to an NCAA championship in 2003. It's the school's only championship in men's basketball.

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About This Quiz

Surely, you love college athletics, where the greatest young athletes in the world compete against one another in a variety of sports from football to basketball to ice hockey and soccer. When you think about these college sports, though, what comes to mind? Is it your favorite player? What about your favorite school? Or, maybe you're a conference loyalist who just wants to see the schools in your favorite conference succeed. If that's the case, what do you think about the ACC?

The ACC is one of the most well-known conferences in the country, with top teams across multiple sports. Schools in the conference have won championships and various recognitions while producing some of the most outstanding players and graduates to ever come through college athletics. That's why many of the teams in the ACC are national brands with huge fan followings. The teams keep their fans interested and hopeful each season. 

Do you think you know everything there is to know about the ACC? Do you remember what some of the top programs accomplished across an array of sports? Here's your chance to find out. Get started with this quiz and put your knowledge of the ACC to a real test! 

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