Big 12 Football: Latest News and Updates Regarding Florida State and Miami
Things have become quite soap opera-esque in the Big 12 as every day it seems new stories emerge in relation to the future of the conference.
Recently Miami, one of the schools rumored to have interest, issued a clear statement contrary to that belief. While the Miami play makes sense for the school, the big news is still what is going to happen with Florida State, the team that was most ardent in their discontent with the ACC.
Well, it appears that the Seminoles are now all on the right track when it comes to leadership. After a few weeks of different members of their leadership structure speaking out for moving to the Big 12, against moving to the Big 12 and mentioning that talks have already began; the folks in Tallahassee appear to have things together. From the Tallahassee Democrat, Andy Haggard FSU's Board of Trustees chairman, who kicked off the firestorm of speculation:
“We have not heard a thing and we have not approached them and they have not approached us"
Take the words with a grain of salt, with respect to them being accurate. The good thing about this move is that, after a couple weeks of disjointed messages, the Seminoles are getting on the same page.
That's a good thing for the Big 12. That's a good thing for Florida State. Spend less time fighting their own forces and more time trying to figure out the next move.
By presenting a united front, the Seminoles and the Big 12 can calm the storms in the media, while working to figure out if the move makes sense, behind the scenes. Minimize the possibility for legal troubles and get down to the nuts and bolts of the move.
Conference moves don't take place in the media, they get handled on the phone and with visits as leagues, teams and networks figure out how to maximize their profit margins.
For the Big 12, it is great that Florida State has their ducks in a row in Tallahassee. Now, as the league goes into their spring meetings, they can make the critical decisions; starting with, should they look to expand or not?
While the league will likely not hand down any grand expansion decrees, the odds are the members will mull the topic over and look at what the Seminoles have to offer. And, it is a lot easier to do that when the potential partner has finally buttoned up their lips.
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