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Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC

Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:35 am
Edited on: August 12, 2011 6:43 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

With the back and forth regarding Texas A&M's possible jump to the SEC, there is one more piece of the puzzle worth considering.

If the Aggies do make the leap, who would be the primary target for spot No. 14?

The popular belief is that SEC expansion would first involve an increase to 14 teams, then eventually finish at 16. Because the shrinking Big 12 and their displeasure with Texas and the Longhorn Network, Texas A&M leaving would not be a huge shock. But once you start to look at candidates for that fourteenth spot is where things get messy. According to a report in the Palm Beach Post, the rumors of Florida State making the jump as well are "real."

Tom D'Angelo cited a source close to FSU who confirmed that the discussions are getting more serious. D'Angelo also writes that the other candidates being mentioned for SEC expansion are Clemson, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.

Some believe that Florida would try to block the Seminoles from joining the SEC, and South Carolina would do the same for in-state rival Clemson. Adding the nearby foe to the SEC presents all kinds of new recruiting challenges, after the Gators and Gamecocks have been able to use the "all-mighty SEC" card in years past.

The Florida State-SEC rumors have swirled before, and when the Seminoles were owning the ACC it seemed like the program was too big for the conference. But Florida State, seeking their first ACC title since 2005, sputtered for a big in the last half-decade. Still, with head coach Jimbo Fisher at the helm there is a buzz in Tallahassee again. Seminole fans believe that they have big-time college football right in their backyard. You know who else has big-time college football in their backyard? The SEC.

A Florida State exit would be a crippling blow to ACC football, as would Clemson or Virginia Tech. Clemson and Florida State hang their hat on success from the 1980's and 1990's, while the Hokies have dominated the conference since their arrival in 2004. From the national perspective, these are some of the teams that give the ACC clout. Losing any one of them to the SEC would send the conference into an unexpected scramble to keep their membership at 12 teams for the ACC Championship Game.

UPDATE: Florida State President Eric Barron talked to the Associated Press about the FSU-to-SEC rumors on Friday saying "I don't think there is anything to talk about right now. I don't speculate when there's no conversation." ACC President John Swofford also said that he has received "no indication from any of our 12 presidents that they have any intention of being affiliated with any conference other than the ACC."

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Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC




Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC

Word is here in the Carolinas the SEC wants a new and upcoming football team and they have no intention of going after an ACC team

We all know who they are looking at.  A team with a very passionate fan base that sells out a 60,000 seat stadium every game and goes toe to toe with SEC teams they play and beats several ACC and Big East teams

This is going to be a surprise, but it may happen.  They really want to get into the North Carolina tv market

East Carolina would not be allowed into the SEC unless they got rid of their team colors.  There can be only *one* "Purple and Gold" in the conference.  ;)

Geaux Tigers!
ECU in the SEC? The Pirates? What an intruiging possibility. But I agree with Awocato - what would they change their colors to?

With all seriousness though, I hadn't considered (remembered) ECU. They came to Florida eons ago and nearly beat the big three (UofF, FSU, UM) in their own stadiums. I know the Gator boosters were not amused, but then again, they were impressed. Their fans travel well and are rowdy as hell. They'd fit in well in the SEC east.

Can you provide links to serous discussions of the matter?








Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 11:34 am
 

Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC

myrtlebchpirate said:  Word is here in the Carolinas the SEC wants a new and upcoming football team and they have no intention of going after an ACC team

We all know who they are looking at.  A team with a very passionate fan base that sells out a 60,000 seat stadium every game and goes toe to toe with SEC teams they play and beats several ACC and Big East teams

This is going to be a surprise, but it may happen.  They really want to get into the North Carolina tv market

East Carolina would not be allowed into the SEC unless they got rid of their team colors.  There can be only *one* "Purple and Gold" in the conference.  ;)

Geaux Tigers! 



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:01 am
 

Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC

Period! Exclamation Point!



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:00 am
 

Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC

Dope, idiot, moron...you use such big words SixerGator yet somehow you cannot read. I was commenting on the handle of the UF fan who has 2006 in her name...not how many championships you have won. I have it on my calendar for Thanksgivining weekende and for all here to see...you made the wager to shut your profile down when the the Noles Romp in the Swamp! Yes I will shut mine down if the Noles lose but there is zero...and I mean ZERO cahnce of that occurring.



Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC

Period.



Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC

What a dope. The Gators won in 96, 06, and 08. Your twenty year comment may apply to the 'moles though because I can't remember a team so overhyped. Expect to get rolled by the Sooners, and you'll be more than uneasy about that trip to the Swamp by the time it gets here. Personnel in Gainesville is easily equal to that of fsu and might even be better. Once the ship is back on course you'll quickly remember how miserable the previous six years were. Florida owns the series and always will.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:25 am
 

Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC

Word is here in the Carolinas the SEC wants a new and upcoming football team and they have no intention of going after an ACC team

We all know who they are looking at.  A team with a very passionate fan base that sells out a 60,000 seat stadium every game and goes toe to toe with SEC teams they play and beats several ACC and Big East teams

This is going to be a surprise, but it may happen.  They really want to get into the North Carolina tv market




Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC

FSU needs to resist from defecting to the dark side



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Report: Florida State discussing jump to SEC

Hey Sneezy if you are referring to my post read it through. I know it has hard for you to read but I mentioned your fellow Gator's handle...she is the one with 2006 listed not me...so get over it. And if you knew your college football you would ot that in the last decade many second year ncoaches won the NC coming off 4+ loss seasons. You just focus on the state of FLorida since you won't beat FSU again anytime soon and you are to pussycat to schedule UM! Good luck with Muschamp, Weiss and Brantley....LMAO. Don't bring up Drsikell beacuse he still has nightmares about Karlos Williams.


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