Florida State President Makes Blunt Comment About Conference Realignment

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Florida State has no plans of being left behind when it comes to conference realignment.

The arms race is cranked up in the world of college sports, and it doesn’t look like tensions will de-escalate at any point in the near future.

Ever since USC and UCLA agreed to join the Big Ten, a clear signal was sent that the Big Ten plans to fight like a dog to dominate the college sports landscape. That means further expansion is a guarantee.

FSU president indicates the Seminoles are open to realignment. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

When it comes to ACC teams that could be poached by the SEC or B1G, the Seminoles are right near the top of the list. Now, FSU president Richard McCullough has let the world know Florida State will get after in the realignment game.

“It’s something I’m spending a lot of time on and we’re getting a lot of help. We’re trying to do anything we can to think about how we remain competitive. Florida State is expected to win. We’re going to be very aggressive,” McCullough said during a Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce meeting last week.

It’s worth noting the ACC grant of rights don’t expire until 2036. That means teams in the ACC are locked into a very long term deal that makes leaving difficult.

Does it make leaving the ACC impossible? No, but it’s certainly an uncharted territory and there would absolutely be lawsuits if any team tried to jump to the SEC or Big Ten.

Will FSU join the Big Ten? (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

The biggest question is can teams make more money leaving than they’d lose in a lawsuit. The Big Ten just inked a new media deal that pays the conference roughly $8 billion over seven years.

That’s a whole lot of money, and could likely offset any costs that come with breaking the ACC’s GoR. However, until it happens, nobody knows for sure.

Will a conference poach FSU from the ACC? (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

What we do know is that if realignment gets blown wide open, the SEC and Big Ten will both likely come calling for the Seminoles.

FSU has a great football tradition, is a resource-rich program and would further expand the B1G’s geographic footprint all the way down into Florida.

FSU plans to be “aggressive” in realignment. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

Factor in McCullough’s comments and it seems clear FSU might be kicking the tires on making a move.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. IMO… ND stays independent – BUT – leaves the ACC for a similar but MUCH more lucrative partnership with B1G … agreeing to play 5 FB games/year versus B1G teams. It’s “marquee games” that matter not conferences.
    Once ND makes that flip … the next stage of realignment dominos start falling. FSU and Clemson and “The U” to SEC. The rest of the ACC “brands” are not as valuable as their overly-caffeinated fans think they are.

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