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Clemson hasn’t been contacted by another league… but would listen

David Wilkins

While Florida State has garnered most of the attention and headlines of this latest round of (potential) expansion, Clemson’s name hasn’t been far from the lips of many a speculator during this latest round of conference musical chairs

Thursday evening, Clemson officials ensured that’s right where their school will remain for the near future.

Following a meeting of the school’s board of trustees — which involved the ominous phrase “executive session” that I’d hoped I’d never hear or type ever again — officials confirmed that the they had not been involved in conversations with any other conference.  That’s the good news for those weary of all of the expansion talk.  The bad news?  Much like their counterparts at FSU, Clemson’s board would be more than willing to listen if a conference other than the ACC came a courtin’.

“This board is going to do what’s in the best interest of Clemson University,” board chairman David Wilkins (pictured) said according to the Anderson Independent Mail. “Every decision we make is based on that – what’s best for Clemson. If we receive a viable option, a viable proposal presented to us by any league, this board has the responsibility to consider it, and we will consider it. Until then we’re committed to work and we will work to make the ACC the strongest conference possible. …

“We haven’t received [a serious proposal from another conference], and don’t have any information to lead us to believe that we’ll receive one, but if we do, we’ll consider it.”

In other words, “I’m happily married, but if the hot chick at the end of the bar wants to slip me her number…”

Like FSU, Clemson has been connected to speculation this offseason involving expansion in the Big 12.  Officials from that conference have steadfastly maintained — for the most part — they’ve not been in contact with any school regarding future membership, although each passing rumor makes that public stance tougher to swallow.

ACC commissioner John Swofford has stated recently that, at least publicly, he’s not concerned about the daily churning of the rumor mill and has no reason not to be confident about future stability in his conference.  Based on how things have played out over the past couple of weeks, he might — or should — very well be concerned behind closed doors.

(Photo credit: Clemson University)

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23 Responses to “Clemson hasn’t been contacted by another league… but would listen”
  1. thegamecocker says: May 24, 2012 9:15 PM

    The SEC isn’t interested so why not go to the Big 12! Beg! Beg Clemson!!! What do you think junky on? The ACC is just not one of the premier conferences! Remember when you were supposed to leave the ACC with South Carolina? Then you backed out like the liars you are and dominated SC for all those years? Everything that goes around, comes around! Hey Clemson, DROP DEAD!!!

  2. TxGrown says: May 24, 2012 9:20 PM

    Gone in two years.

  3. fitz66 says: May 24, 2012 9:30 PM

    Clem70n will be gone before summers end.

  4. pastabelly says: May 24, 2012 10:11 PM

    Sounds like no loyalty to the ACC and they’ll be gone.

  5. imforbigblue says: May 24, 2012 10:32 PM

    Nobody wants you because you suck in sports

  6. rollteal says: May 25, 2012 12:17 AM

    Sounds like there could be a succession brewing in the south of the ACC…

  7. charles130 says: May 25, 2012 8:03 AM

    Clemson would be a great addition if the Big 12 was looking to go from an average of 20 million per school to 18.

    They bring the prized northwest South Carolina TV demographic and the most dilusional fan base this side of Notre Dame.

  8. centexhorn says: May 25, 2012 9:00 AM

    Wow, these comments are really idiotic. There’s something wrong with each one of them. Amazing.

    Clemson will add a lot to the Big 12, much like West Virginia. They’re very similar programs. Clemson actually recruits better. I don’t get why anybody hates Clemson. What did they ever do to make anyone not like them? I’ll gladly have them as a member of the Big 12.

  9. thegamecocker says: May 25, 2012 9:12 AM

    @centexhorn says:

    I don’t get why anybody hates Clemson. What did they ever do to make anyone not like them? I’ll gladly have them as a member of the Big 12.
    Here is your answer to why I loathe Clemson. I was at U. of South Carolina when this went down. The bastards left us hanging and then dominated in many sports before we joined the SEC some 20+ years later! I don’t forget…it’s an eye for an eye! Now Carolina dominates THEM and it feels so good. Now their ACC affiliation will not pay the dividends they once did. Now it’s their time to leave!

    thegamecocker says: May 24, 2012 9:15 PM
    Remember when you were supposed to leave the ACC with South Carolina? Then you backed out like the liars you are and dominated SC for all those years? Everything that goes around, comes around! Hey Clemson, DROP DEAD!!

  10. nicksabansanahole says: May 25, 2012 9:38 AM

    Hey Gamecocker, I bet you are 4 feet tall and are short in other areas as well. You have the worst case of little big man’s disease I have ever seen. Scar will never be what Clemson is. Never. The SEC regretted the day you joined until Spurrier arrived. And once he’s gone you will go back to being irrelevant again. Keep spouting off so the rest of us can continue to laugh at your ignorance and the rest of your fan base.

  11. deadeye says: May 25, 2012 11:23 AM

    I really think the BIG12 turned the corner when they got WVU to join. The ACC is ripe for the BIG12 to raid due to the incredibly weak contract the league recently signed.

    FSU and Clemson will be gone by the end of summer. GT and one other school will join later. All of these additions are designed to do two things. One, get back at the SEC for poaching two universities by encroaching into Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. And two, create a conference that has enough pizzaz to entice ND. I’m not saying it will work, just that they are trying.

    One dark horse to think about, Pittsburgh. The additions of Pittsburgh and GT might be enough to pull ND into the BIG12. Expect the BIG10 to respond, they’ve wanted ND for decades.

  12. thegamecocker says: May 25, 2012 11:52 AM


    Responding to your comment re. “short in other areas as well”. Ask your MOTHER, she doesn’t seem to have that opinion.

  13. mhalt99 says: May 25, 2012 12:19 PM

    nicksabansanahole says:
    May 25, 2012 9:38 AM
    Hey Gamecocker, I bet you are 4 feet tall and are short in other areas as well. You have the worst case of little big man’s disease I have ever seen. Scar will never be what Clemson is. Never.
    The Napoleon complex and “short in other areas” comments are usually geared toward loudmouths who either talk about how great they are, or who troll and try and put others down.

    Gamecocker simply brought up some past history where Clemson backed out of a deal with thier in state rival. I don’t believe UMich would do this to MSU nor would UCLA do it to USCw (UCLA signed off on USC using Rose Bowl when negs for Col. broke down). I would have to say that Gamecocker and USCe would have reason to hold a grudge.

    Back to your overcompensating and trolling to gamecocker…….why so sad? why do you need to pound your chest so loudly? didn’t you make a BCS this year? did something happen in that game that you are still upset about???????????

  14. acieu says: May 25, 2012 3:14 PM

    No one wants to date the University of South Carolinas ugly sister Clemson anyway.

  15. bradentonbuc says: May 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    GEEEZ! I’m a proud Gamecock grad, but some of you go a bit too far with your distaste of Clempson. It has a beautiful campus and great facilities. It is a great place to see a game as it is the only spot in SC you can leave and return during the game (see extra tailgating) . But moving to the Big 12 is a dumb idea because most Clempson fans could not get to the away games as their mules could not walk that far.

  16. thegamecocker says: May 25, 2012 5:20 PM


    LOL! No, that is not entirely true re the mules not able to walk that far. Many successful Clemson fans can merely hitch their trailer to the car and be in midwest in no time at all! If the farmers do not move to the Big 12, they will not be part of what is fast becoming the Super Conference era. The ACC is just not part of this elite foursome. If basketball ruled, John Swofford would be king and the ACC would be on top. But alas, basketball just does not generate the revenue college football does. Coach K and Roy Williams are fine gentlemen and coaches. But they do not rule what will transpire here. The SEC schools do not want another SEC school in their state and I don’t blame them. As for Clemson having a beautiful campus, I agree with that if a rural setting appeals to you. As far as facilities are concerned, THE University of South Carolina facilities are far superior. I’ve seen both and so I feel qualified to make that comment. And Carolina’s facilities are constantly being improved and tweeked because they have the money to do it.

  17. thefiesty1 says: May 25, 2012 5:32 PM

    Man, there’s a lot of hate in South Carolina for Clemson. Maybe the should just relocate the entire university to another state and then join a conference with more region ability.

  18. thegamecocker says: May 25, 2012 5:41 PM


    I can help them move and I have a perfect location:
    Syria. IMO their fans think they are better than U. of SC fans. That because they are members of the ACC and affiliated with the academic strength of UNC, Duke, UVa, and Wake, that they too are “mecca of academic worthiness”. And they attempted to use athletics as a means to that end. Well, the tables have now turned and while they are still in that league with those schools, they now see the financial “green grass” of the omnipotent (look it up auburntigers34) SEC where THE U. of South Carolina is a member. Better academics at South Carolina, beautiful campus with first rate facilities not only for the athletes, but for ALL THE STUDENTS!!! Let the Clemson Tigers go to hell!

  19. bradentonbuc says: May 25, 2012 5:45 PM

    The BCS is mostly responsible for all this panic. A 4 team playoff automatically shuts out 2 of the BCS automatic quailifiers. The numbers don’t add up. Even with 4 16 team super-conferences some traditional D-1 football schools will be left out. That should not happen. This is the BCS’s mess and they need to clean it up. A 6 or 8 team playoff would probably quiet all this down.

  20. 1990tiger says: May 25, 2012 10:55 PM

    Want to get the gamecocker really worked up? Mention Auburn. I don’t think I’ve ever come across anyone with so much hostility. That dude is going to give himself a heart attack.

  21. thegamecocker says: May 26, 2012 9:54 AM


    I try and watch my emotions when I scribe. For the most part, I like the “rank in file” Auburn faithful. But there are a few “bad Auburn apples” that have disappointed me greatly and not from this blog but in real life. The Cam Newton Scandle was the straw that broke the camels back. The outcome of the SC-Auburn game doesn’t bother me one way or another. Scribers here try and pique me that way but that is no big thing to me. Last season Auburn beat the Gamecocks fair and square and in Columbia no less! Even if Carolina would have won that game, it would not have made up for the Scam Scandal or the personal transgression I felt from the Auburn fans I mentioned earlier. I hope I don’t give myself a heart attack but if that should happen, rest assure it will not blame Auburn or the Scam Scandal for it. That one will be on me and my diet!

  22. kozbee says: May 31, 2012 12:25 AM

    Seems to me when Auburn won the NC didn`t they beat South Carolina twice that season.Scheduled game plus the SEC championship also.First time S.C ever won a conference championship.Talk about teams that can`t win the big game well Oregon would of took S.C apart in the NC game anyways.And i have to laugh @ S.C fans for making fun of Clemson,well your both in the same boat.This should help you with your diet.

  23. thegamecocker says: May 31, 2012 8:15 AM


    For the record schmucko, we have beaten Clemson 3 straight years on the gridiron. We have them in Columbia this weekend in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Tourney. It’s well documented that Clemson has the dubious distinction of allowing the most points in the history of the BCS: 70 to West Virginia last year. Even a toddler like you should know that. We won the Eastern Conference Championship two years ago and we are proud of that. We played against a team that used an ineligible player who stole and cheated while at the U. of Florida. I want you to have a quality day. I hope Clemson beats Auburn this coming season because we will beat Clemson again and will then have beaten Auburn by PROXY! (Look up the word PROXY b/c if you are an Auburn grad, you won’t have a clue what I mean.)

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