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FSU A.D. Spetman Guns Down Big 12 Rumors

Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman must be a big ol’ liar.  Either that or he’s not as well connected as messageboard posters and insiders like “The Dude of WV.”  I say that because Spetman told The Orlando Sentinel today that the Seminoles are committed to the ACC.

Doesn’t he know FSU’s already got an agreement in place to move to the Big 12 along with Miami, Clemson and others?  A deal to start their own television network?  A deal that would grant them a full-share of revenue as soon as they enter Big 12?  And a deal for the Big 12 to help buy the Noles’ way out of the ACC?

Apparently not:

 

“We’re in the ACC. We’re committed to the ACC.  That’s where our president and the board of trustees has committed to, so we’re great partners in the ACC… I’m not out negotiating.”

 

Further, Spetman told The Sentinel that any reports about any Florida State officials talking to Big 12 officials are — in the writer’s words — patently false:

 

“They’ve said I’ve been in Texas all this week.  My wife was wondering how I was getting back and forth every day…  I don’t know why people have written (about FSU to the Big 12).  I don’t know how they can say that — and I don’t mean to pick on the media – but how can the media person come out and say that there was a Florida State person in a meeting that wasn’t true?  How can they get away with that?  To my knowledge, nobody from our organization was there.  So I don’t know how they can get away with saying that.”

 

Spetman also said he and his fellow FSU officials “weren’t actively seeking” an invitation to the SEC last summer, either.

Things change.  People lie (or “spin” if you prefer).

But Spetman’s definitive comments sure seem to confirm what we wrote last week and what we’ve been told all this week from people actually working inside athletic departments and university administrations — Florida State and Clemson aren’t going to the Big 12 in the near future.

 


8 comments
billreef
billreef

Well john, how do you like your crow cooked?

moffprof
moffprof

I would like to thank the PAC 12 for taking Colorado and the B1G for taking Nebraska and the SEC for taking Missouri and aTm so that the Big 12 could add Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, TCU, West Virginia, and Clemson

Troy
Troy

Florida State Board of Trustee member Haggard states, "How do you not look into that [the Big 12] option," asked Haggard. "On behalf of the Board of Trustees I can say that unanimously we would be in favor of seeing what the Big 12 might have to offer. We have to do what is in Florida State's best interest." This is the first public break in the, "we're happy to be in the ACC" from FlSt. According to this board member, they are VERY unhappy in the ACC's new television contract because it gave away 3rd tier rights to football but the schools retained 3rd tier rights to basketball.Moreover, I think the whole academic reputation of the ACC is overrated as the board member states, he's never seen resume or application state that the applicant is applying to FlSt because it belongs to the ACC.http://floridastate.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1364755

 

 

viciousdawg
viciousdawg

Why would FSU mess up a good thing in the ACC?

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I have to wonder if Slive's plan all along was to go to 16 and that maybe FSU was a part of that plan.  And that perhaps what has stopped that plan from coming to fruition earlier was the ACC making the hard check and going after Pitt and Syracuse.  It has seemed for a while that FSU was discontent with their situation, but it does not appear as though there is a viable path for them to exit the ACC under the current circumstances.  I don't see FSU suffering academically if they were to go to the SEC, for example.  UF certainly has not suffered over the same time frame and if FSU's academic connections to the ACC are limited then I don't see that as being a great barrier.  I have to believe that when Slive said he could "get to 16 in 15 minutes" that his long term goal was not 14.  I don't expect it to happen anytime soon though.

OldArmy
OldArmy

Think all the buzz about FSU and the Big 12 shows t FSU is one of the Belles of the Ball right now. Notre Dame, FSU and a couple of others seem to be the most attractive skirts with potential space on their dance card. Still say FSU is not a good fit for B12. Her natural environment is the South East somewhere. Too good a school for most of her suitors though.

BAMANOLE26
BAMANOLE26

FSU doesn't need money to compete with UF, We've been competing with them for quite a while and have done just fine. Even when we were an independent, we still competed with UF. That means academically and athletically. 

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