ACC Commissioner John Swofford Will Retire Following 2020-21 Athletic Year

By Matthew Filipovits on June 25, 2020 at 10:58 am
Oct 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; ACC commissioner John Swofford speaks to the media during ACC Operation Basketball at The Ritz-Carlton. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
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ACC Commissioner John Swofford will retire following 2021-'21 athletic year, bringing to end a 24-year tenure as the leader of the conference. 

Under Swofford, the ACC added seven teams to its ranks starting with Miami and Virginia Tech back in 2004, before Boston College, Pitt, Syracuse, Louisville, and to an extent Notre Dame jumped on a bit down the line. The conference also launched the ACC Network last year, making them the fourth Power Five conference to have their own cable network.

A North Carolina native, Swofford was a member of UNC's football team, helping lead the Tar Heels to a conference title in 1971. He became the AD at UNC in 1980, a position he held until he became the fourth commissioner of the ACC.

A replacement has not been named at this time.