As the ACC turns 60 this year, an eyewitness to the birth recalls its origins. Retired journalist Irwin Smallwood, 87, who devoted his entire career to the Greensboro News & Record, was on duty as a sportswriter when seven Southern Conference members withdrew to form a new league.
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As told to Mike Tierney, for the AJC