ACC Commissioner John Swofford stepping down after 24 years

ACC Commissioner John Swofford stepping down after 24 years
ACC Commissioner John Swofford to retire after the 2020-21 athletic season. He is the longest tenured commissioner in conference history (Source: WBTV)

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford is retiring after the 2020-21 academic year, ending his tenure after 24 years.

Swofford, 71, has been commissioner of the ACC since 1997, the longest run in that position in the history of the 67-year-old conference.

The former North Carolina athletic director took over as commissioner of a nine-team league. In the years that followed, Swofford directed the league through multiple waves of expansion that first turned the ACC into a 12-team league by 2005 and ultimately reach 15 teams by 2013.

The conference also launched its own network last August.

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