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AD: Florida State to SEC just rumors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State University President Eric
Barron said Friday he's heard the rumors that the Seminoles are
moving to the Southeastern Conference and said that's all they are
at the moment - rumors.
But Barron also didn't say never, referring to the reports as
"quite fascinating."
"I don't think there is anything to talk about right now,"
Barron said. "I don't speculate when there's no conversation."
Florida State has largely dominated the Atlantic Coast
Conference in football since joining the conference two decades
ago, winning a dozen league titles and two national championships
since.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford said Friday he's heard nothing
from any of the conference schools being contacted by other
leagues.
"We'll continue to be mindful of the collegiate landscape and
what's best for the ACC and its member institutions," Swofford
said i a statement from his office. "With that said, I've received
no indication from any of our 12 presidents that they have any
intention of being affiliated with any conference other than the
ACC."
Barron said he's not had any talks about Florida State bolting
the ACC, calling it "a good conference."
Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman was out of town
and unavailable to comment on the reports.
SEC spokesman Charles Bloom declined to comment on expansion
rumors swirling around Texas A&M and Florida State.
"There's no offer on the table," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher
said after practice on Friday. "I have not spoken to anybody about
it. We love the ACC. We love the conference we're in."
University of Florida President Bernie Machen and athletic
director Jeremy Foley also declined comment, school spokesman Steve
Orlando said.
The latest brouhaha over potential conference realignment was
ignited by Texas A&M's unhappiness with archrival Texas' powerful
position in the 10-team Big XII Conference. During the last big
shuffling of conferences, the Aggies were pursued by the SEC and
reportedly were close to switching.
Colorado left for the Pacific-12 Conference and Nebraska moved
to the Big Ten, ending its long-standing rivalry with Oklahoma.
Although wooed by the SEC more than 20 years ago, Florida State
became the ninth member of the ACC when it formally joined the
league on 1, 1991, beginning its football membership in the 1992
season. The conference is now comprised to a dozen teams with the
addition of Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech in 2004.
Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State,
and Wake Forest were charter members in 1953 with Virginia coming
into the league later that year followed by Georgia Tech in 1978
and Florida State in 1991.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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