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ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference Hardcover – November 15, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080783503X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807835036
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lively account of the ACC's rise as a basketball powerhouse."--The Wall Street Journal


"A must for any sports-history collection in ACC territory."--Booklist


"These are the stories that laid the foundation for the most dominant conference in the sport. Any reader curious about how it got that way will find the book well worth their time."--SLAM Magazine


"Recommended. All Readers."--Choice


"Academically rigorous, yet highly readable. . . . A well-written and engaging case study in the history of college sports."--History of Education Quarterly


"ACC Basketball has become an economic and cultural behemoth. It is beloved by the multitudes, continually challenged to blend the disparate goals of winning championships and entertaining fans with real college students. Walker admirably tells the story of how that challenge began."--North Carolina Historical Review


"A timely and enjoyable text that exposes tensions endemic to big-time college athletics and is a must-read for serious fans of men's college basketball and the ACC."--Journal of American History


"This is serious (though fun) history. One hopes that a sequel is in the works."--Star-News

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"This is a book that combines Sam Walker's skills as an historian and a researcher with his passion for basketball--specifically ACC basketball--a passion no doubt enhanced by being the brother of one of the league's great players. For anyone who has ever felt the warmth and rhythms of an ACC gym on a winter night this is a book well worth reading."--John Feinstein, sportswriter and author of Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Launius VINE VOICE on December 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a transplanted Midwesterner growing up in South Carolina during the latter 1960s and early 1970s, I came to appreciate the intense collegiate rivalries of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), especially in basketball. I was a diehard fan of the Frank McGuire-led South Carolina Gamecocks and the incomparable playmaking of John Roche. As you might guess I rooted against any of the teams that encountered South Carolina, especially that axis of excellence in basketball surrounding Raleigh, North Carolina, where the perennial class of the ACC resided--the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina, the Wolfpack from NC State, the Duke Blue Devils, and Wake Forest University's Demon Deacons--which always seemed to dominate the other four teams in the conference. That was forty years ago, of course, but I remember it like yesterday.

Historian J. Samuel Walker, a friend and colleague of many years, brings it all back to life in this outstanding history of ACC basketball. Formed in 1953, Walker tells most engagingly the story of the first twenty years of the Atlantic Coast Conference's basketball rivalries. The eight teams making up the old ACC--UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, Virginia, Maryland, USC, and Clemson--had quite a time of it. Legendary coaches--including not only Frank McGuire who led the 1957 UNC team to the NCAA championship but also Norm Sloan, Dean Smith, Tates Locke, Lefty Driesell, and a host of others--stellar players like Roche, David Thompson, Len Elmore, Tom McMillan, and others; and rising educational institutions make up the core of this wonderful history.

Walker emphasizes three major themes in this book. First, he discusses the never ending negotiation over the place of academics versus athletics on university campuses.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lindy Lou on January 2, 2012
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My son loved this read while he was home for Christmas. Husband and I are planning to enjoy all those great tales of ACC Basketball that we have followed for the last 40-plus years. Can't wait to read this one.
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We bought this as a gift for my father in law who is a big acc basketball fan. He really enjoyed it.
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