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ACC Commissioner John Swofford is sure to remind FSU of all the positives of staying in the conference.
FSU owes a lot to the ACC.
Or is it the ACC which owes a lot to FSU?
FSU had been a successful independent school but didn’t win a national title in football until 1993, after it joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992.
Yet the Seminoles improved the league’s football reputation, helped develop new recruiting grounds for the league and FSU’s membership was an influential reason that the University of Miami joined the conference in 2004.
There have been two Heisman Trophy winners from the ACC—both from Florida State (Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke).
FSU brought the ACC another national crown in 1999, going wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country.
After FSU made the BCS title game the first three years it existed, no ACC team has made it back to the national championship game. Miami (2001 and 2002) and Virginia Tech (1999) were in the Big East when they played for the national title.
It's safe to say that the ACC offers FSU its easiest, quickest path to a return to dominance.
FSU also won the 2012 ACC basketball tournament and played in the ACC football championship two years ago.
While the ACC won’t say it, FSU has not been dominant in recent years in the ACC, a conference considered to be the middle of the pack in football. Oklahoma beat FSU two years in a row and the road schedule would be brutal in the Big 12.
The message: If you want to travel far away and play Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and others, have at it.
So the ACC does have some leverage on its side.
The ACC really puts the student in student-athlete. The ACC’s reputation for research and scholarship has been beneficial for Florida State and substantial research endowments, scholarships and grants can be just as effective as the resources wielded by boosters of athletic programs.
And what about FSU's current players? Would they be excited or upset about a conference change?
Fans, alumni and players' parents would have much longer trips to road games.
Florida State’s traditional rivals are the Florida and Miami. Staying in the ACC helps FSU maintain those two rivalries. This works to the ACC’s advantage.
Florida State also has a tradition-rich baseball team along with many other sports teams that enjoy these rivalries.
Any move to another conference besides the SEC would probably mean Florida or Miami would be eliminated from the Seminoles schedule and that’s just… Unbelievable…Blasphemous?