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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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“College Basketball's Strongest League”

“College Basketball's Strongest League”

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ACC Basketball

J. Samuel Walker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how the University of Virginia Cavaliers appeared in danger of descending from disarray into full-fledged chaos as the 1969–70 basketball season approached. The previous spring, coach Bill Gibson had survived a disappointing record and the “Boot the Hoot” campaign, but only with a tepid endorsement from Athletic Director Steve Sebo. The prospects for the new season were hardly promising. The top four scorers and top three rebounders from the 1968–69 squad, which had finished with a 10-15 record, were gone. The players who moved up from the freshman team provided some cause for optimism. They had won 15 games against only 2 losses. The Virginia squad was young and unproven as the new season began, and expectations for its performance were low. ACC writers picked the Cavaliers for last place in the conference. Gibson hoped they could finish “as high as sixth.”

Keywords:   University of Virginia Cavaliers, basketball season, Bill Gibson, Steve Sebo, Boot the Hoot campaign

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