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FSU forming committee to explore conference options


During the initial stages of the latest round of expansion apocalypse, Florida State was rumored to be in line to become the “14th” member of the SEC if/when Texas A&M becomes that conference’s 13th school.

The school subsequently denied being interested in such a move, but whispers of the possibility of FSU joining in-state recruiting rival Florida in a conference have continued bubbling just below the surface in the ensuing weeks.

While it remains to be seen whether the rumored gentlemen’s agreement — the SEC unofficially agreeing not to add schools in a state that already has a member — would remain in play in the face of a significant shift on the collegiate landscape, FSU is looking to ensure they are prepared for whatever may be around the next conference corner.

Andy Haggard, chairman of FSU’s board of trustees, told the Palm Beach Post Tuesday that the school is in the process of forming a committee (not pictured) that will explore FSU’s options as it pertains to future conference affiliation.  Those options would apparently include remaining in the ACC or moving to the SEC if enough conference dominoes tumble.

We are going to explore the conferences, what’s going on and make sure if anything does happen at Florida State that we are ready,” Haggard told the Post.

The committee, which the Post writes will be composed of representatives from the president’s office, the athletic department, Seminole Boosters, Inc., and former athletes, is expected to be up and running at some point next week.

This news comes on the heels of reports the past couple of days that has Texas eyeing the ACC should Oklahoma and Oklahoma State bolt for the Pac-12, thus putting the final nail in the coffin of the Big 12.  The Longhorns are also rumored to be part of a four-school bloc from the Big 12 — the two Oklahoma schools plus Texas Tech — that could move west to the Pac-12 and form the first BcS super conference.

“If you are going to four conferences of 16 teams we certainly want to be ready,” Haggard said. “If the ACC is included in that we want to be sure we are included and have a say so in regard to the teams that are coming into our conference.”

Haggard made sure to note that FSU is very happy being a member of the ACC, and that the school has received no overtures, official or otherwise, from the SEC.

Of course, depending on how things shakeout in the coming weeks and months, that could very well change at a moment’s notice.

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21 Responses to “FSU forming committee to explore conference options”
  1. reefcup says: Sep 14, 2011 9:34 AM

    FSU is stuck with whatever the 4th conference will be (ACC/Big East) because there is no way they are getting an invite into the SEC.

  2. drummerhoff says: Sep 14, 2011 9:57 AM

    … or maybe FSU is the ACC heavyweight that wants to let Swofford know they don’t want Texas in their league… and if he’s making back room plans with Texas and the NC schools, the ‘Noles will take their vaunted program to the SEC.

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 14, 2011 10:22 AM

    Florida State has begun the beaurocratic process (maybe as required by their by-laws?) to pursue changing conferences. This would not be done if there was not some interest in changing conferences.

    Coach Jimbo Fisher has a great relationship with LSU and the SEC already through his previous employment. Florida State is a good fit for the SEC. The Florida State president Dr. Barron would likely need to make a similarly impassioned plea to SEC President Slive as did A & M to be considered for membership. If Dr. Barron convinces Slive, then Slive will favorably influence all the SEC presidents who have left these matters in his hands.

    If West Virginia, Georgia Tech, or any others are interested in SEC membership, they would need to begin the process soon, because other universities are beginning their pursuit of memberhip and we don’t think the SEC will expand too many more.

    What sense does this gentlemen’s agreement of not having two member schools in the same state make? Currently the SEC has two schools from Alabama (Alabama and Auburn), two from
    Tennessee (Tennessee and Vanderbilt) and two from Mississippi (Ole Miss and Miss State). Up to when Tulane departed the SEC has two schools from Louisiana (LSU & Tulane); and up until GA Tech left they had two schools from Georgia (Georgia and Georgia Tech).

    Two schools in the wonderful (and greatly increasing in population) state of Florida would not be a problem. Two schools in any state should not be a problem since there are two schools in a state are a normal thing at the SEC.

  4. drummerhoff says: Sep 14, 2011 10:33 AM

    I agree w/ southernpat.
    Slive understand rivalry trumps new regional TV markets.
    In what part of the country do people not want to watch Florida State play Alabama or LSU or UGA or Tenn or S Carolina or Auburn???
    FSU is the best ‘inventory’ for TV programing. Its Boardwalk & Park Place on your Monopoly board.

  5. florida727 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:39 AM

    I’ll go with option B)…

    Sorry, “reefcup”, but your comment is strictly speculative and obviously NOT rooted in anything factual. FSU would be a good fit in the SEC from a football perspective, which is obvious. Football is the revenue engine that funds virtually every other sport on campus. Where FSU might get hurt is in basketball, simply because outside the Big East, there is no better basketball conference than the ACC… although in recent years it has declined in overall quality, and is now FAR surpassed by the Big East in terms of reputation. You want to go pro in hoops, you either go to Kentucky (obviously an SEC school :) ) or you look to play in the Big East. And don’t think the FSU administration doesn’t view their position in exactly this way. They know.

  6. rubbernilly says: Sep 14, 2011 10:40 AM

    Many projections have the ACC and Big East cannibalizing each other merging after they lose teams to expansion hungry SEC and Big 10 conferences. If Texas goes to the ACC that would just about assure that the ACC would be the one to survive.

    Which makes a FSU-to-the-SEC move all that much more interesting… Texas will bring a my-ball-my-rules stigma, and, rightly or wrongly, a reputation for running two conferences into the ground. There might be something in the tea leaves regarding Texas’ perception if FSU bolts for the SEC.

    That said, I don’t think it will take much for the SEC powers that be to junk the gentlemen’s agreement mentioned in the article. In the event of a superconferocalypse, the pickings of quality programs will be slim. The Big10 and ACC/Big East will be looking to maintain their own viability, so the SEC cannot be especially choosy. Should Oklahoma (and OSU) leave the Big 12, and should that then start the superconferocalypse, I completely look for Florida State to get an invite… and maybe other in-state rivals to current SEC powers. Clemson? GA Tech?

  7. rubbernilly says: Sep 14, 2011 10:41 AM

    hmm… should have been a strikeout in that last post. Let’s try another html tag:

    Many projections have the ACC and Big East cannibalizing each other merging after they lose teams to expansion hungry SEC and Big 10 conferences.

  8. florida727 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:44 AM

    BTW, what’s to say FSU doesn’t pull a “Notre Dame”. Go to the SEC for football. Stay in the ACC for basketball. Think about it. It’s not that far of a stretch from what Notre Dame does… independent in football, Big East for basketball, essentially thumbing their football nose at their own conference for the highest revenue generator, but benefitting from the conference affiliation for the second highest revenue generating sport. It’s a possibility…

  9. tigersgeaux says: Sep 14, 2011 10:56 AM

    florida727: That is an interesting thought. However, Slive is very good, an attorney. This type of broken loyalty is not acceptable to the SEC and was discussed some years ago (about 20?) and was unimously voted down. Slive and group are not willing to allow that at this time since they are at this moment, in the driver’s seat and can pick and choose. It is not the SEC going out soliciting schools at this time, it is the schools coming to the SEC and making their pleas.

    As much as sometimes we hate to admit it, Notre Dame is unique. They don’t really have divided loyalties yet, because they remain independent in football. Aren’t they also Big East in ALL other sports?

  10. florida727 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:03 AM

    Yes. They do participate in all other sports in the Big East. What makes it “interesting” is that as everyone knows, football generates enough revenue to fund all other sports. So, in fact, Notre Dame does NOT revenue share from the cash cow that is football, but RECEIVES revenue sharing benefits from Big East basketball. The words “cake” and “eating too” just popped into my head for some reason :)

  11. fcmlefty1 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:04 AM

    “BTW, what’s to say FSU doesn’t pull a “Notre Dame”. Go to the SEC for football.”

    Because it doesn’t apear that the SEC operates that way?

  12. florida727 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:10 AM

    “fcm”, I know the SEC doesn’t operate that way, just as “tigersgeaux” pointed out. All I’m saying is it’s an outside-the-proverbial-box thought. And I use Notre Dame as the example. Not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison I know, but the concept isn’t a new one. See my 11:03a post…

  13. auburntigers34 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:18 AM

    if the SEC *has* to expand, adding Florida State, Clemson, and/or Ga Tech would be at the top of my wish list.

    i hate the idea of West Virginia and/or Missouri getting an invitation. Missouri seems like a better fit for the Big 10. West Virginia can stay in the Big East or hope for an invitation from the ACC.

  14. bbeaman78 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:33 AM

    Hello SEC. SEC is supposedly talking to Missouri for #14 and they won’t stop there. I wish Larry Scott and Mike Slive would quit talking out of the side of their mouth. PAC 16 and SEC (16 teams) will be done by next football season. Oklahoma is leaving with Ok State to PAC 12 and then Texas will make a decision to commit suicide with independence or follow Big Brother OU to the PAC 12 and Texas Tech will get to come along.

    A&M to the SEC and then add Missouri when the BIG 12 finally dissolves. ACC is weak so I see FSU and Va Tech coming to SEC country. That would make a super conference.

    Sad about rivalries but excited a the landscape change. 4 Super Conferences gets us closer to a playoff. We need to add a +1 game then it would be complete.

  15. bassmaster357 says: Sep 14, 2011 5:16 PM

    Yes, I love it. Bring on the ‘noles what a conference!!SEC!SEC! Makein’ it six in a row.

  16. itsallgood8989 says: Sep 14, 2011 5:57 PM

    I’m supriseed more talk hasn’t been more talk of Texas going to the Big 10. It has been known for a while that the Big 10 would love to add Texas. It would give Texas a chance to renew the rivalry with Nebraska.

    If the Super Conference concept goes forward, look for the Big 10 to subtly pressure Notre Dame, Texas, Missouri, Kansas or Syracus to join the Big 10 to make them the Big 16.

  17. floridacock says: Sep 14, 2011 6:05 PM

    “You want to go pro in hoops, you either go to Kentucky (obviously an SEC school ) or you look to play in the Big East. And don’t think the FSU administration doesn’t view their position in exactly this way. They know.”

    If you are good enough to play any sport at the profesional level, they will find you. And UNC, Duke NC State, etc. are pretty good too

  18. lakesidegator says: Sep 14, 2011 9:11 PM

    F$U wants to be the big dog again. they can’t get that done as easily if they go to the SEC, where they will be worn down more and quicker than happens in the All Cupcake Caonference.

  19. lakesidegator says: Sep 14, 2011 9:12 PM

    er, Conference.

  20. cubano76 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:00 PM

    I would like FSU to form a committee to tell me why they can’t find a real Native American to ride that darn horse into the stadium? Just sayin….. Maybe I’m the only one that thinks it’s offensive that they get a white frat boy all painted up in red face paint, throw him on a horse and call him “Chief”.

    On a side, if anyone needs a middle aged, chubby, balding fella to ride a motorized vehicle into their stadium to lead their team in. I’m your man!

  21. gjd06d says: Sep 15, 2011 11:34 AM

    Not only is Chief Osceola a real Seminole Indian, he is also always a current FSU student. Please refrain from making incorrect statements that you clearly do not have any knowledge of. Oh, and “that darn horse” is actually named Renegade. Scalp ’em!!

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