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Ex-FSU trustee: ‘As far as I know, the Big 12 reached out to us’

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Just when the Florida State/Big 12 story gets a douse of cold water to cool the coals, someone comes along and reignites the fire.

Two days after Florida State president Eric Barron released a lengthy memo listing several reasons to stay in the ACC — although it never specifically says FSU wouldn’t leave — the conversation of realignment has been opened again.

Speaking on the Tim Brando Show this morning, former Seminoles linebacker and BOT member Derrick Brooks dropped possibly the biggest bombshell on the matter, saying “As far as I know the Big 12 reached out to us.

Here’s the audio of the interview. 

Despite mixed messages about an interest in switching conferences, Florida State has maintained that no conversations with the Big 12 have been taking place and the Big 12 has responded in kind. And, to date, a majority of the speculation about FSU and the Big 12 has been media-driven based on the untimely comments of FSU BOT chair Andy Haggard.

Brooks’ comments, however, have now broken the seal on what would be a rather important development for a story with previously little evidence to support it. Still, Florida State’s administration is doing its best to temper the flares. When asked to respond to Brooks’ comments, FSU athletic director Randy Spetman said “I don’t know where Derrick got that.

But regardless of whether the two sides are talking, or have ever spoken, the fascinating angle continues to be that no one at FSU is on the same page publicly. How that happens regarding such a grand issue, I have no idea, but it would behoove Barron to gather his troops, if he hasn’t already, and make sure everyone knows where the school stands, and pronto.

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6 Responses to “Ex-FSU trustee: ‘As far as I know, the Big 12 reached out to us’”
  1. deadeye says: May 16, 2012 12:58 PM

    There seems to be alot of smoke with FSU and the BIG-12. I think it would be cool for FSU and Clemson/Miami to jump on over. That will hasten the departure of VT to the SEC.

    The ACC would be on life support if all the best football programs leave. Would that open the possibility of a Big East / ACC merger? Both conferences are east coast, basketball centric. And most importantly both would be missing big time football programs to bring in the cash.

  2. wvuandsteelers says: May 16, 2012 1:37 PM

    Personally, I would like to see the Big 12 add the two religious schools–Notre Dame and BYU. Throw in Baylor and the winner of that series can have the Jesus trophy. I kid.

    My guess though is if Notre Dame joined a conference it would be the Big 10. I still think BYU will eventually land in the Big 12 (outside shot at the PAC-12). I would love to see a Florida school (if not FSU, then Miami) land in the Big 12. That would give them both Florida and Texas as recruiting grounds.

  3. drummerhoff says: May 16, 2012 1:49 PM


    Really? You have no idea? We can think of episodes at Bama, Auburn, Texas, tOSU, USC … and in the corporate-world … where the Board or an influential person on the Board gets a job done. University Presidents or CEOs at corporations are direct reports to the Board and if this group doens’t like the direction the school or company is going, change is the order of the day. The power at a university doesn’t sit with its president. Never has, never will.

  4. stairwayto7 says: May 16, 2012 3:09 PM

    Get rid of all college football conferances, have 4 regional conferances, North, South, Central and West only top 16 teams in each region are put together and they vy for regional title and then top 4 out of each region have a playoff. If not in top 16 you get regulated and play teams comprable to you. Top 16 in each region play only top 16 teams!

  5. bertenheim says: May 16, 2012 8:00 PM

    Why is credence being lended to anything Derrick Brooks says?

  6. gotampabay52 says: May 17, 2012 10:16 AM

    Brooks doesn’t lie just FSU being FSU half ass school should go back to the all girl school

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