Tuesday, Louisville officially joined the ACC and in addition to meeting its new league partners, we thought you might like to learn a little something about the conference, too.
1. South Carolina was a charter member. Founded near Greensboro, N.C., in May 1953, the ACC originally had University of South Carolina among its members. The Gamecocks were part of the seven-school group that withdrew from the Southern Conference and made their own league. University of Virginia joined in December of that year, forming an eight-team nucleus that lasted until 1971, when South Carolina left the league to become independent and eventually join the Southeastern Conference.
2. The first "conference expense" was $200. In a league with television contracts delivering an estimated $20 million-plus to its members, the initial dues among the seven original ACC members was a measly $200. Back then it wasn't such a small number, but $200 now could buy you a 32-inch high-definition television or about 200 cans of Coke.
3. The first commissioner brought Arnold Palmer to Wake Forest. The league's first leader, Wake Forest athletic director Jim Weaver, built up the Demon Deacons' golf program and helped recruit golf legend Arnold Palmer, who played there briefly before joining the Coast Guard.
4. Miami's the youngest school. The home of the Hurricanes was established in 1925, making University of Miami the youngest of the 15 ACC schools. The Coral Gables school started classes a year later, with 372 students enrolled in the university's maiden class.
5. Clemson's basketball struggle. One of the original members of the ACC, Clemson hasn't exactly run over the league's men's basketball teams. The Tigers have won one regular-season ACC title since 1953 and zero ACC men's basketball tournaments.
6. Only three charter members have football titles since 1991. Florida State joined the ACC in 1991 and started competing for league titles in 1992. Clemson won the 1991 and 2011 ACC football championships, and Wake Forest won the 2006 title. No other original members have won a league football championship in that time span, with the league dominated by FSU and Virginia Tech, which joined in 2004.
7. Technically, Louisville is the league's most populous home city. Boston College is in Chesnut Hill, Mass., and Atlanta proper is actually smaller population-wise than Louisville, which has expansive city limits. When we switch over to metropolitan areas, it's not close: The Boston metro area, according to the 2010 census, is the sixth-largest in the country, with 7.9 million people in the area. By comparison, Louisville has about 1.5 million in its metro area.
8. The ACC geographic area contains the most television households and largest population in college sports. It helps when the league stretches from Boston to Miami, and also has cities like Louisville, Pittsburgh and Raleigh in its expanse.
9. Notre Dame has the league's largest endowment. The Irish don't play ACC football -- their independence in that sport was pivotal in Notre Dame agreeing to join the league -- but they still have an estimated $6.3 billion endowment. That's about $1 billion larger than Duke, which ranks second in the ACC. Notre Dame's estimated endowment is still $1 billion more than the combined endowments of Clemson, FSU, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Miami, NC State, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
10. Wake Forest is the league's smallest school. The Winston-Salem university is the only ACC member with an enrollment under 10,000 students (including undergraduates and graduates). The largest school? FSU. And it's not really close.
Tuesday, July1, 2014, the University Louisville's long-awaited entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference became official.
Tuesday morning the University Louisville's long-awaited entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference became official.
Tuesday, the University Louisville's long-awaited entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference was made officical