If Florida State’s president, Dr. Eric Barron, signs off any form of conference realignment, it should be FSU’s transition into the Southeastern Conference.
The recent ACC additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse prove that the ACC is a basketball-centric conference run by the basketball powerhouses on Tobacco Road, namely North Carolina and Duke. This means that FSU is no longer a good fit for the conference, as it prides itself on a strong football tradition.
College football’s BCS is soon going to convert into a mini-playoff system, similar to how the NFL works.
With the ACC’s football reputation being diluted with basketball schools that put very few resources into their football programs, there is a chance that an undefeated or strong one-loss FSU could be overlooked when the BCS brass pick what teams get to compete in the college playoffs.
This would be devastating for the university and its fan base.
Most fans of college football have heard talk of how the University of Florida would try to block FSU’s entry into the SEC—it would need two other SEC schools to vote to block FSU, but this projected move by the University of Florida is mythical in nature.
There are rumors of a “gentlemen’s agreement” among SEC schools; one that suggests that no state already represented in the conference can add another team from that same state, but it’s well known that representatives from the SEC and from FSU were in negotiations last year about adding FSU to the conference.
There is an argument suggesting that adding the Seminoles to the conference would hurt Florida on the recruiting trail, but this is a minor issue. Conference affiliation doesn’t seem to have any effect on recruiting.
Here are a few reasons why FSU is a perfect fit for the conference.