Chopping their way to the Big 12?
We've already covered the fact that some members of the FSU administration are ready to look at the Big 12, abandoning the ACC and likely leading to another round of conference realignment. Apparently, so is Seminoles head football coach Jimbo Fisher.
"There have been no official talks, but I think you always have to look out there to see what's best for Florida State," Fisher said. "If that [jumping to the Big 12] is what's best for Florida State, then that's what we need to do."
Obviously, this would be something that would be decided several pay grades above Fisher's, so it's not like he's the deciding voice in this. But Gary Pinkel provided some cover -- and maybe a push -- for Missouri's power-brokers several months ago, when he alluded to the problem Texas posed to the stability of the Big 12. Fisher is the head football coach at a football-crazy university, so what he says about something like this matters.
And the fact that he's willing to talk about it is also not insignificant -- you have to think that even the most PR tone deaf head football coach would know to stay away from this topic if there wasn't at least some momentum to explore it.
The question now is whether these not-so-subtle hints to the Big 12 gets another conference involved. The B1G might be a bit of a reach -- FSU is not a member of the prestigious AAU, and other presidents there might be wary of mingling with such a commoner. (Should that matter? Absolutely not. But it does to the Up North Conference.) Even with FSU, the dumpster fire that is the Big East probably wouldn't provide any more resources than the ACC, and the Pac-12 is obviously a laughable idea.
That leaves the Big 12ish and the SEC, at least if Mike Slive is really the business genius we've been led to believe he is. Let the battle begin.