Dodds: 'No conversations between Florida State and the Big 12'
On the same day that Florida State president Dr. Eric Barron released a memo that featured reasons to support a move to the Big 12 as well as major points that argue against leaving the ACC, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds told Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman that the Seminoles are "a long ways away” in both their distance and prospects of leaving the ACC and joining the Big 12.
Dodds maintains that there is currently "no traction" to an FSU move and that there have been "no conversations between Florida State and the Big 12.”
Of course, we all know how much power Texas wields in the Big 12 — an issue that new Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will soon find out for himself. So it's no surprise that Dodds has gone on the record with his thoughts on the rumors, which have made headlines the last few days.
In the interview, the Longhorns AD maintains that he remains in favor of the current 10-school membership of the Big 12 but is open to the possibility of expanding if "the rest of the league wants more than 10."
While the league certainly doesn't need any new members to remain stable, adding two new members would provide the conference a championship game, which would still bring in more money even if it may not be as important as some suggest with an impending four-team playoff system.
If expansion is on the horizon, Louisville remains a strong contender to pair up with former Big East member West Virginia because of its very good facilities and strong athletic department, while FSU would bring the fertile recruiting lands of Florida, another strong athletic program and another national brand name.
It remains to be seen, however, if the Big 12 truly has a desire to expand at this time. It would be in every league's best interest to see how the eventual four-team playoff takes shape before doing anything drastic or making a decision rooted strictly in emotions.
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