According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida State President John Thrasher recently weighed on the SEC as well:
“I just want to be prepared… my point to (FSU AD) 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 you can imagine, Thrasher is worried about generating more money, which it’s no secret that the SEC generates more money than any power 5 conference.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about money. It’s about TV revenue, contracts. Nobody can leave a conference without a significant buyout penalty, including us, so it would have to be something very special for us to leave.
“On the other hand, that doesn’t mean we can’t attract some other people. I think the ACC, when you put the academic side of what it’s about today against any of the other conferences, we’re head and shoulders (above), I think.
That, to me, is attractive to some of the universities out there. Preparation, options, all that’s on the table. We’re getting prepared for whatever happens.”
Now I have to say, I’m not a fan of any of these realignments at all. With Oklahoma and Texas out of the Big-12 soon, the conference will be a dumpster fire.
Then, if you take out Clemson and Florida State, the greatest traditioned football schools in the ACC, the ACC will be borderline non-existent unless a random school begins to compete at a higher level.
At the end of the day, these schools are simply looking for the most money. If the SEC offers a big-time check, it’s gonna be hard to say no.
As a Clemson fan though, I wouldn’t mind seeing competition with the “big dawgs” of the SEC.
However, I think the chances are pretty slim…
The Athletic reached out to Clemson about the Clemson/SEC rumor making rounds today. An athletics spokesperson just now: "There is no truth to the report that Clemson University has been in contact with the Southeastern Conference regarding membership."