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Texas and Oklahoma’s ongoing departure from the Big XII to the SEC has caused a number of dominoes to fall, and now a number of people are in favor of a 20-team SEC superconference.
With names like Michigan, Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State floated around as prime programs interested in also joining the SEC, one of those schools has already stepped forward and hinted at their intentions.
According to the TH report, Florida State President John Thrasher provided some subtle interest in his school’s potential move to the SEC.
“I don’t want Florida State to be left behind,” said Thrasher. “I consider us as part of the ACC, but I also know that we have a marquee name, Clemson has a marquee name. I think there might be people coming after us, I don’t know, but we’ve got to be prepared no matter what the options are.”
Facing a new uncertainty with keeping the Seminoles in the ACC — as Clemson also joins the rumored departure from the conference — Thrasher’s imminent retirement from FSU gives the program an urgency to find a path forward as Commissioner Greg Sankey and the SEC continue to skyrocket past the rest of college football with their potential 20-team conference.
“My point to (FSU director of athletics) David Coburn and to (new ACC commissioner) Jim Phillips is I don’t want Florida State to be left behind. I consider us as part of the ACC, but I also know that we have a marquee name, Clemson has a marquee name. I think there might be people coming after us, I don’t know, but we’ve got to be prepared no matter what the options are.”
As the seismic shift in college football stirs conversation about the supposed “death of all conferences,” analysts who initially criticized early talks of a 20-team superconference did not deny that teams may start pouring in on the discussion out of self interest and, above all, the big checks on the way.