Border Wars: The First Fifty Years of Atlantic Coast Conference Football

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In May of 1953, seven institutions—Clemson University, Duke University, the University of Maryland, the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University, and the University of South Carolina—voted to break away from the Southern Conference and form a new league, the Atlantic Coast Conference. That same year, they were joined by the University of Virginia. Fifty years later, ACC football is still going strong, as chronicled in this definitive history by K. Adam Powell. From ...

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In May of 1953, seven institutions—Clemson University, Duke University, the University of Maryland, the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University, and the University of South Carolina—voted to break away from the Southern Conference and form a new league, the Atlantic Coast Conference. That same year, they were joined by the University of Virginia. Fifty years later, ACC football is still going strong, as chronicled in this definitive history by K. Adam Powell. From kickoff to touchdown, Powell presents an in-depth look at the players, games, and memorable moments that have shaped the first half-century of Atlantic Coast Conference football. Border Wars covers all of the important details-including the conference's founding, its five national championship teams, and even the scandals that have rocked programs at Clemson and Florida State. The book also provides the coaching records and season standings of ACC football teams from 1953 to 2002, making this the ideal reference source for ACC fans. Includes 16 photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810848399
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Series: American Sports History Series , #27
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Powell is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He contributes articles to ACCSports.com, the online partner of the ACC Area Sports Journal.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xv
1 A New League, a New Champion (1953) 1
2 Breaking Ground (1954-1959) 9
3 A Devil of a Dynasty (1960-1962) 37
4 An Era of Change (1963-1968) 51
5 One-Hit Wonders (1969-1970) 83
6 Blue Heaven (1971-1972) 95
7 Red Tide (1973-1976) 109
8 Running Wild (1977-1980) 135
9 Orange Crush (1981) 163
10 A Two-Team League (1982-1988) 175
11 Breaking Through (1989) 217
12 Wrecking Crew (1990) 229
13 A New Arrival (1991-2000) 241
14 A Half Century Comes to an End (2001-2002) 323
15 The Future of Atlantic Coast Conference Football 347
Appendix A Coaching Records 361
Appendix B Season Records 365
Bibliography 383
Index 393
About the Author 420
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Border Wars: The First Fifty Years of Atlantic Coast Conference Football

    Excellent account of ACC history......For You Seminole Fans, it covers the glory years of the 1990s the way no other book has yet. You'll be even prouder of your Seminoles after reading this book! Also goes into the early stuff, very good book and must have for all FSU and ACC football fanatics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2004

    Border Wars: The First Fifty Years of Atlantic Coast Conference Football

    Mr. Powell offers a balanced and thoughtful account of the ACC's first 50 years, and does so without any bias or personal feelings getting in the way. Powell's book is a creative and insightful journey into the ACC's past as an up-and-coming athletic conference into its current place as one of the most powerful leagues in the country. Instead of simply reciting scores and statistics, Powell tells a thoughtful narrative, one that does not get boring or boggled down with needless information. For the true fans of the ACC, you will be brought back to a time and place that will surely make you want to keep reading. I consider the final chapter, titled 'The History of Atlantic Coast Conference Football,' to be the best and most important component of the book. The chapter gives an insightful look into the events that transpired as the ACC completed its expansion to twelve schools, and makes for a perfect 'stamping point' on that time in history. The ACC will go on from here, but Powell's book thoroughly documents the league's first 50 years of football competition. The book is a MUST HAVE for fans of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and for the supporters of any ACC school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    Border Wars: The First Fifty Years of Atlantic Coast Conference Football

    Well recommended as entertaining and informative. The book combines good history with humor. The 1961 South Carolina Sigma Nu prank is arguably the greatest in the history of college football, and the story is very well told. Other good and enteraining stuff here......Good read and recommended for the book shelf of anyone who went to an Atlantic Coast Conference school or South Carolina, which spent a good share of time in the ACC in earlier years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    Border Wars: The First Fifty Years of Atlantic Coast Conference Football

    Historians and lovers of Clemson football will appreciate this book. Can be long-winded in places, but one of the most knowledgeable and accurate histories of Clemson and the rest of the ACC's football histories as you'll see. If you remember Frank Howard, Steve Fuller, the Fridge, and that glory year of 1981, this book has touched on it. Also good history right up to our victories over FSU and Tennessee last season! A good read for all ACC fans, and particularly Clemson Tigers. Tiger Rag in 2004!

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