With the Georgia Tech rumors squashed over the weekend, the rumor mill has turned back to Florida State. This time, it is a rumor that Florida State is shopping itself around. You can take the source for whatever it is worth.
One does have to keep in mind that the Florida State fan base is putting a lot of pressure on the administration here. Somehow, they have rationalized that their football failures are based on lack of revenue, rather than simple things like poor coaching and bad luck. The best case scenario is that Florida State’s leadership has to come out and say that they are happy with the ACC. This is imperfect because it will just anger the fan base more. The worst case scenario, of course, is that where there is smoke, there is fire. Welcome to the Big Ten’s vision of college football–where money is more important than anything else.
The reality is that, unless and until someone does something to stabilize the ACC, it is just going to be one rumor after another.
So what could possible stabilize the ACC? The Confidential thinks that the only thing that could possible stabilize the ACC is for ESPN to step up and make the ACC a legitimate player from a revenue standpoint. In the absence of that, there will not be a grant of rights, which would be significantly more protective than the exit fee (whatever it is). At the very least, the ACC and ESPN should negotiate to allow Florida State to keep its precious Tier III rights. Throw a dog a bone, even if it is whining for no reason.