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I can't link it for some reason but the FSU Board Chairman blasts the ACC. Its on the Rivals FSU site Warchant. Looks like realignment is on.
Here's a link to it.
"How do you not look into that option? 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," Haggard told the site. "We have to do what is in Florida State's best interest."
Florida State Board of Trustees Chairman Andy Haggard is not happy with the ACC's new TV deal, and thinks Florida State should consider the Big 12.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by HookemDTX 23 months ago
Thanks for the link.
Call me when the B12 ink is dry. Until then I won't get too excited. Posturing is posturing and this could just be a land grab for more from the conference.
Until now, everyone officially associated with Florida State has publicly supported the recently announced television deal between the Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN/ABC.
That is no longer the case.
In an exclusive interview with Warchant.com, Florida State Board of Trustees Chairman Andy Haggard blasted the agreement that will net each ACC school approximately $17 million per year through 2026-27.
Florida State BOT Chairman Andy Haggard is among those displeased with the ACC's new TV contract.
While the new deal will result in an increase of nearly $4 million per school from the old contract, some of the terms have resulted in harsh criticism from Florida State fans and alumni. It has also drawn the ire of FSU's Board of Trustees' Chair.
"It's mind-boggling and shocking," said Haggard. "How can the ACC give up third tier rights for football but keep them for basketball?"
Haggard is referring to the fact that the ACC surrendered all third tier television rights for football to ESPN/ABC but kept them for men's basketball. That arrangement will likely result in substantial revenue for schools with a strong basketball following like North Carolina and Duke.On the other hand, it will do very little for schools with a more traditional football following like FSU, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Miami.
"It continues the perception that the ACC favors the North Carolina schools," noted Haggard.
Haggard added that he has received numerous emails from FSU fans and alumni since the deal was announced and estimates that about 95 percent are unhappy with the ACC's deal and how it will impact Florida State.
This overwhelming criticism over the ACC's handling of the new TV deal and FSU's recently announced financial shortcomings (projected $2.4 million deficit for 2012-13) have only added fuel to rumors of a potential move to the Big 12.
Haggard confirmed that as far as he knows there has been no contact between FSU and the Big 12 regarding possible expansion. However, he makes it very clear that he and the Board of Trustees would be more than open to exploring the possibility if it would mean additional revenue to the school.
"How do you not look into that 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."
It has been reported that the new Big 12 television deal with ESPN/ABC will be result in each school receiving approximately $20 million per year. Were FSU and fellow ACC member Clemson to join the Big 12 that figure would go even higher. The SEC's new TV deal with Texas A&M and Missouri joining the conference is expected to be worth well over $20 million annually per school.
"With the SEC making the kind of money it does it's time to act," said Haggard. "You can't sit back and be content in the ACC. This is a different time financially. This isn't 10-15 years ago when money was rolling in."
Of the few who still support FSU staying in the ACC, most cite the number of well-regarded academic institutions within the conference. However, Haggard scoffed at the idea that the ACC somehow helps FSU's academic reputation.
"No FSU graduate puts on his resume or interviews for a job saying they are in the same conference as Duke and Virginia," he said. "Conference affiliation really has no impact on academics."
Haggard concluded that he will be speaking with FSU president Eric Barron and Athletic Director Randy Spetman about the best way to proceed in exploring options outside of the ACC.
This post was edited by HookemDTX 23 months ago
It's on like donkey kong.
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The only way I see the ACC staying intact is if they agree to sell their Tier 3 basketball rights to ESPN and make it equal sharing among all schools. That might not being enough at this point and the basketball schools might not want to share.
ACC meetings are next week. Stay tuned. Sometimes timing is everything. (or pre-determined)
It's a long way from "seeing what [one] might have to offer" to accepting anything one might be offered.
I don't doubt the Trustees would unanimously support a collection of financial information; but that doesn't mean they will come to think their long term financial interest lies elsewhere.
This post was edited by bierce 23 months ago
I think they've already come to that conclusion. After following this closely over the last couple months this is not unexpected. Ground work was laid awhile ago and it was simply a matter of what would happen with the ACC contract. That's done and it's simply a business decision now.
Haggard is simply prepping the FSU masses. Clemson is ready to go as well.
Here you go...
Complete football, basketball, baseball and recruiting coverage and breaking news of the Florida State University Seminoles.
Shit. Just. Got. Real.
You don't make a public statement like that to simply get numbers from the Big 12. This was done to get the natives(no pun) restless and ready to make a move. I just hope the SEC stays away from the noles.
UF would never allow the SEC to offer FSU, same goes for USCe and Clemson.
I don't doubt there is serious interest; I just doubt things will move as fast as some expect.
From Jimbo Fisher earlier this afternoon to the Seminole Club of Orlando...
"There have been no official talks, but I think you always have to look out there to see what's best for Florida State," Fisher said. "If that [jumping to the Big 12] is what's best for Florida State, then that's what we need to do."
I am with you. B12 was all but dead and TX was headed to the Pac? at one point. Until its done its not done.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher says its time for FSU to explore leaving ACC for BIG-12.
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher, before he spoke at the Seminole Club of Greater Orlando on Saturday, didn't exactly shoot down rumblings that FSU will explore the possibility of leaving the ACC for the Big 12. "There have been no official talks, but I think you always have to look out there to see what's best for Florida State," Fisher said. "If that [jumping to the Big 12] is what's best for Florida State, then that's what we need to do."
Either this website doesn't exist or is not currently available.
This post was edited by stacy04 23 months ago
Last week he was against it though I understand why he could have a change of heart. But again, saying all this publicly just days before the ACC meetings keeps me suspicious of their reason for doing it.
if the $ is right, the other 12 schools will vote yes and UF and Usc cant do squat about it.
Yeah. I think it could be more than $$ too. Would Florida be on board to keep Tx out of Florida for recruiting. Its the same issue discussed with the ags moving to the SEC and opening up Tx to SEC schools.
Here's a working link.
Florida State Athletic Director Randy Spetman told the Orlando Sentinel on Friday that his school is to staying in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Spetman may be the only one who thinks
UF, UGA, UK, USCe all have a team within their own relative border that they want to keep out of the SEC. They are a voting block and have solidified their positions as it refers to expansion. I'd imagine they'll get Aggy to go along with them as well - for the same reason. It's not just UF that you have to out-vote.
re: FSU, GaTech, Louisville, Clemson
Not to mention that you're not adding any tv markets to speak of - in adding any of those. Good fanbases - but not new markets for the SEC.
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