The Confidential was hoping that the period between the Big Dance ending and football starting could be a lazy, sleepy offseason. A little lacrosse news, a little baseball news, some draft updates, etc. Instead, it now looks like Florida State will be the latest school to enter the conference realignment fray. Indeed, the Chairman of the Florida State Board of Trustees has indicated that the Seminoles should look into the Big XII conference. Jimbo Fisher apparently tweeted something similar. This legitimizes the rumors surrounding both Florida State and Clemson being dissatisfied with the ACC’s commitment to football.
Of course, the Confidential can sum up these rumors pretty succinctly. Are you f-ing kidding me?
Florida State has done nothing on the gridiron for a decade now. They have had four losses or more (usually more) every year since 2004. This is a team that cannot win the ACC. How are they going to compete in the SEC and Big XII?
I know, I know… the complaint will be that Florida State cannot compete without the money. And the other schools make a few million dollars a year more.
Well, that is what they call an excuse. A lame excuse, actually. Florida State does not make less than Wake Forest. If the Seminoles cannot beat the Demon Deacons on a regular basis, good luck with Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, LSU, etc. It’s not money that makes those schools good. It is competent recruiting, player development, and coaching on top of having elite status. In other words, one cannot just say they are “elite,” they have to go out and prove it. Even Texas, Florida, and Ohio State can have very mediocre seasons with the wrong mix of players and coaches. In any event, FSU has not been dominant as the elite football program in what its fans think is a weak football conference. See the hypocrisy?
And Clemson? Please. At least Florida State was dominant 10 years ago. Clemson has not beaten Big East schools in bowl games two years in a row. Somehow, making several million dollars a year more than West Virginia and South Florida did not translate to wins on the field.
The Confidential is not suggesting that these schools cannot make a few million dollars by timing a move right. But any fan of those schools thinking that their athletic fortunes will somehow change is just not paying attention. Enjoy your extra money. But don’t be surprised if the product on the field is not any better. Money doesn’t make Penn State basketball or Indiana football relevant.
It’s just an excuse. A lame one.