Maybe its because much of the conference is within spitting distance of Washington, DC but one Rob Daniels of the ACC Sports Journal points out that the ACC has much more success under Republican presidents.
The world watched as Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday. ACC basketball coaches could have been excused for lamenting the event – regardless of their political persuasions.
The ACC has won nine of its 10 NCAA titles with a Republican in the White House. Bill Clinton is the Democrats’ exception to the rule. He was 10 weeks into his first term when North Carolina claimed the crown in 1993.
All told, ACC teams have hoisted the trophy nine times in 40 years of GOP rule. The Democrats are 1-for-15.
Curiously, the identity of the ruling executive party doesn’t seem to matter in overall NCAA tournament play. The league has a .659 winning percentage with Democrats in charge and .649 under Republican administrations. The ACC has posted the same record (73-37) under both Clinton and his Republican successor, George W. Bush. It went 74-37 during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
Say what you want about Bush 43: At least he oversaw three ACC victories, the most of any chief executive. Duke won in 2001, Maryland followed a year later and UNC celebrated in 2005.
In this election, however, Obama beat out McCain for traditional Republican strongholds that host ACC squads, like North Carolina while easily taking other ACC states (like Maryland). So maybe it's still time to Fear The Turtle (or the Tar Heel), no matter who's in office?
Behind The Numbers: Presidents And ACC Hoops Success [ACC Sports Journal] via The Big Lead