Reports of ACC’s Death “Greatly Exagerrated”
Look, nobody can predict the future. But for the very short term, at least, it looks like the Atlantic Coast Conference will be surviving intact. In response to an inaccurate report of his death, Mark Twain once stated that the report of his death was “exaggerated.” Similarly, it looks like the death of the ACC may have been prematurely pronounced too.
Florida State’s President Eric Barron addressed the trustees regarding realignment: http://floridastate.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1373740. Naturally, this will only cause the Florida State
babies fans to simply seek to get him fired. After all, why would anyone want its leader to be one to reject knee-jerk reactions. In any event, nothing in what Barron had to say suggests that Florida State has one foot out the door. Barron even became the 1,000,000th person to question why the ACC does not move to geographically logical divisions. Not much to see here.
Dabo Swinney had all kinds of negative things to say about the Big XII rumors. Most notable is that the rumors are hurting recruiting. It certainly makes you wonder. Do Clemson and Florida State fans REALLY think that kids in their locality are going to be thrilled about having games a time zone away? Let the Presidents worry about the money. Fans can just focus on being fans.
Again, neither of these individuals have the final say. But both are being awfully bold in their statements. It seems likely that a lot of the college football world is going to sit tight and see what happens with playoffs before making a move. Makes sense, really.