Jimbo Fisher

Jimbo gives thumbs up to FSU exploring the Big 12 option


That island must be a very, very lonely place for Randy Spetman right about now.

Earlier Saturday, Florida State Board of Trustees chairman Andy Haggard very emphatically stated he “can say that unanimously [the board] would be in favor of seeing what the Big 12 might have to offer.”  That interview and those words directly contradict FSU’s athletic director’s ACC affirmation a day earlier.

Now, the head football coach has publicly hinted as much as well that, yeah, maybe looking beyond the ACC is something that should be considered.

“There have been no official talks, but I think you always have to look out there to see what’s best for Florida State,” Fisher said Saturday night according to the Orlando Sentinel. “If that [jumping to the Big 12] is what’s best for Florida State, then that’s what we need to do.”

In an email sent to CFT May 4, and in response to the initial rumors that FSU and Clemson had a significant interest in moving to the Big 12, Spetman, through an athletic department official, said the following:

“Commenting on rumors like this would only give life to this non-story.”

Thanks to Haggard — and now Fisher to a lesser extent — this has become the story in college football, especially in the weeks after spring practice has ended and in the months before the 2012 season actually starts.  It’s no longer a non-story, and it will be damn-near impossible for FSU to put the toothpaste back into the ACC tube if the Big 12 doesn’t act on the embarrassing public flirtation.

In the meantime, Spetman’s out there twisting in the wind, undermined by his boss’ boss.  Hopefully, he has his Wilson at the ready.

Dismissed by ‘Cuse, Ashton Broyld lands at West Georgia

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A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.

Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia.  Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.

There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves.  Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.

I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”

In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.

In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.