Gene Corrigan’s reach and influence in college athletics consistently went beyond his many job titles.

It is why the condolences came from so many corners of the sports world Saturday, after the death of the former Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner, NCAA president and Notre Dame and Virginia athletic director in Charlottesville, Virginia, at age 91.

“When Gene hired me at the University of Virginia straight out of graduate school, it was one of the luckiest days of my life,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “That day began a relationship and mentorship that lasted nearly half a century. Simply put, Gene was one of the most remarkable individuals, and leaders, I have ever known. His impact on the ACC and college athletics was profound and immeasurable,

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