ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference by J. Samuel Walker, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
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

by J. Samuel Walker
     
 

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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

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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 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 more evenly matched struggle for dominance in one of college basketball's strongest conferences.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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 must for any sports-history collection in ACC territory."
-Booklist

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

"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

"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

"One hopes that a sequel is in the works."
-Star-News

"Walker recreates not only the excitement of basketball competition in the early days of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) but also the constant struggle of its member institutions to maintain high academic standards while seeking national prominence in college sports. . . . This fine book demonstrates that sport history and higher education policy can be successfully integrated into one inclusive monograph."
-Journal of Southern History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807835036
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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From the Publisher
A terrific read! As a player in and a fan of ACC basketball, I enjoyed learning about the history of the ACC—its leaders, the trials and travails, and the colorful stories that accompanied its tremendous growth.—Jeff Mullins, retired NBA All-Star and 1964 ACC Athlete of the Year

Meet the Author


J. Samuel Walker is a prize-winning historian and author of several books, including Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan. He has been a devoted fan of ACC basketball for over 40 years.

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