Actually, Does the Big XII Really Want Florida State?
It has been said that these conference arrangements are like marriages. They are 100-year decisions, not 10-year decisions. The Confidential does not have a source handy, but will credit Frank the Tank for the observation. Regardless of the source of that statement, it is true. While it is apparent that Florida State is unhappy with its marriage to the ACC, the question is why the Big XII would want to be Florida State’s new spouse?
Picture this. You go on a date with someone. All they do is talk about how their ex-spouse was so awful. At first, you are sympathetic. But after a while it occurs to you that the problem is not the ex, it is the person across the dinner table from you. These complaints are minor. The ex had room to improve, but this person you are dating is way too spoiled, delusional, unrealistic, and unwilling to accept responsibility. What do you do? You run. Sure, this may be an attractive person–which is valuable–but the long-term prognosis is awful. This person will take away much more than they give in the long-run and be a pain-in-the-butt along the way.
As it relates to conference realignment, if FSU doesn’t like Tobacco Road, how are they going to like dealing with Texas? If FSU is willing to bitch about Thursday games, officiating, and vague paranoia regarding pro-basketball sentiments, they are going to bitch in the Big XII. If FSU does not like Wake Forest getting the same money (even though Wake has won 4 of 6 from FSU), how is it going to like Iowa State getting the same money? If FSU fans are riled up over misinformation regarding third-tier rights from basketball–by teams that do not threaten their football team–how are they going to like Texas making $10 million more in third-tier rights AND using that to field a football team that may very well keep FSU out of a 4-team playoff. If FSU is willing to jump ship for $5 million, what is going to happen if the SEC is able to offer FSU $5 million more in 15 years? It’s all about the money for FSU. The Big XII may not always have the best ability to pay FSU enough to be happy.
The bottom line is that FSU is a divorced, emotionally unbalanced, very attractive female with entitlement issues–jealous that her friends all drive Porsches, while she is “stuck” with the BMW that she picked out. A school like Louisville would be a loyal, girl-next-door type, thrilled to trade in the Taurus for a BMW, much less a Porsche. Who is the one that YOU marry?
And when you are not even sold on marriage at all, like Texas apparently is, all the more reason to ignore Florida State’s overtures. Someone else can marry that problem.