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Conceived by North Carolina State University basketball coach C. Everett Case, the Dixie Classic was a three-day, eight-team basketball tournament extravaganza, featuring North Carolina teams against other national basketball powers. Begun in the then new Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh in December 1949, the tournament lasted another twelve years and was a tremendous success. The Dixie Classic was canceled in 1960, after several players were involved in a point shaving scandal.
The Atlantic Coast Conference, founded in 1953, generates high profile college basketball programs. However, the ACC was initially established as a football conference, with some southern teams looking to create a more football centered league outside of the Southern Conference. Yet since its inception members of the league have been charged with violating NCAA rules. For the current season, U.N.C. is on probation for academic fraud.