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ACC BasketballThe Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference$
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J. Samuel Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869123_walker

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The 800 Rule & the Departure of South Carolina

The 800 Rule & the Departure of South Carolina

(p.309) 9 The 800 Rule & the Departure of South Carolina
ACC Basketball

J. Samuel Walker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the Atlantic Coast Conference, which was founded in significant part to establish academic integrity and enforce academic standards among its members. One eventual result of those goals was that the ACC decided in 1964 that football and basketball prospects had to score at least 800 on the SAT to qualify for an athletic scholarship. In 1966, it extended this policy to athletes who participated, with or without financial aid, in any intercollegiate sport. During the late 1960s, the 800 rule generated what the Raleigh News and Observer called the “biggest, most controversial, technicality-filled issue in recent league history.” The controversy divided the ACC and threatened to cause its dissolution. After much turmoil, the conference decided to keep the 800 requirement even at the cost of losing one of its charter members, and, consequently, the University of South Carolina withdrew in 1971.

Keywords:   Atlantic Coast Conference, academic integrity, ACC, athletic scholarship, SAT, 800 rule

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