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ACC Commissioner announces imminent retirement

John Swofford will retire as the ACC Commissioner at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. He is the longest tenured commissioner in the history of the league.

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.