Originally Posted by Joe Rod
The Clemson President kind of belittled the Big Twelve in his denial.
Clemson Prez told a Carolina radio station today that if CU had any interest in leaving the ACC, it "certainly wouldn't be for the Big12."
That's kinda disappointing but that's fine too. I know that FSU is under heavey pressure to make a move by all sides. That doesn't mean that they will come to the Big 12 but what are their options? I don't know that the SEC has room and even if they did, would they have interest in that? Geographically it makes sense and the comp is certainly good but would the SEC vote in FSU?
FSU reported a $2.4 million shortfall on its 2012-2013 athletic budget. That's a lot of money to just write off when they can be making more money if they join a Football Conference. The only three Conferences that would make sense for FSU would be the Big 10, the SEC and the Big 12. Only these conferences can support Football and the financial requirements FSU would need to see IMO. In the case of the Big 10, I doubt they would take FSU because of academic standards. This is very important to the Big 10 because they make even more money off of Federally funded research grants (Based On Academics) then they do sports. The SEC is a possability but can they expand more then they already have? I know this, Florida, Georgia and SC will not vote from them to enter. Right now, they recruite well against FSU and they don't share revenue. It's a big thing to be able to say FSU plays in the ACC, not in the SEC when recruiting against them. The inclusion of FSU in that region would not sit well with any of those schools, particularly UF. Florida has been against FSU since it started.
FSU can't stay in the ACC because of how the Bowl Alignment is shaping up. Your are going to have 4 or however many teams make the playoff. What are the chances that those 4 teams will be from The Big 10, SEC, Big 12 and PAC 12 over the ACC? If FSU ends up with a 11-1 or 10-2 record, what are the chances that they beat out good teams from any of those power conferences? FSU has to move out of the ACC if they are to survive. I think that the same can be said for Clemson but their President said what he said. That's fine but realistically, they aren't going to get an offer from the Big 10 or SEC either so honestly, he will be lucky if the Big 12 still wants that program. The Big 12 is in a good position to pick whomever they want to join and if that's the Ville or Cincy or BYU or perhaps ND, then sucks to be Clemson. I think that President is either very short sided or posturing but either way, he's not showing a whole lot of good judgement in this situation IMO.