Florida State prez: Pros, cons of ACC
Florida State president Eric Barron has written a memo obtained by ESPN that includes four key points that would support a move from the ACC to the Big 12 and seven longer key points that argue against it.
The memo seems to be an argument by Barron, who has stated the school is "committed" to the ACC, to stay in the conference.
Memo To Address Conference Affiliation
Florida State president Dr. Eric Barron has written a statement that argues four key points in support of a move from the ACC to the Big 12 and seven longer key points against it. Statement
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In the memo, Barron includes reasons for moving that include "The ACC is too North Carolina centric" and "The Big 12 contract (which actually isn't signed yet) is rumored to be 2.9 M more per year than the ACC contract."
In the memo, Barron includes more reasons for not moving that include "The ACC is an equal share conference.
"So when fans realize that Texas would get more dollars than FSU, always having a competitive advantage, it would be interesting to see the fan reaction."
The Big 12 members agreed in October to start sharing equally revenue from its most lucrative media rights deals. The Big 12 does allow its members to hold some media rights and run their own networks, such as Texas' Longhorn Network.
Another reason Barron outlined is that Florida State "would lose the rivalry with University of Miami that does fill our stadium."
Barron further reasoned, "It will cost between $20M and $25M to leave the ACC and we have no idea where that money would come from."
Barron also noted that "The faculty are adamantly opposed to joining a league that is academically weaker."
Barron writes, "We can't afford to have conference affiliation governed by emotion."
Meanwhile, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds told the Austin American Statesman there is nothing of any substance to the current talk of Florida State leaving the ACC and joining the Big 12.
"They're a long ways away," in both prospects of joining the Big 12 and geography, Dodds said, adding that he prefers a 10-team conference.
"There's no traction" on this story, Dodds told the newspaper. "There've been no conversations between Florida State and the Big 12."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.