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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 Man Who Made ACC Basketball

The Man Who Made ACC Basketball

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ACC Basketball

J. Samuel Walker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the Dixie Classic, which grew out of a conversation between Case and Dick Herbert of the Raleigh News and Observer in 1949. When Case complained about the hardships of traveling to out-of-town holiday tournaments, Herbert suggested that NC State hold its own tournament in its new William Neal Reynolds Coliseum, which seated 12,400 fans. By inviting top teams from other sections to compete against the Big Four, the tournament could not only heighten interest in the Raleigh area in the local rivalries but also earn greater respect in the national press for basketball in North Carolina. Case immediately realized that the tournament could offer major benefits in winning recognition and making money for his program. He also liked the name of “Dixie Classic” that his assistant coach, George “Butter” Anderson, proposed.

Keywords:   Dixie Classic, Dick Herbert, holiday tournaments, William Neal Reynolds Coliseum, Big Four

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