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Florida State Wanted in the SEC


According to some at ESPN, Florida State was preparing to lobby for SEC admittance if Texas A&M came aboard. Chris Low puts it here in the linked-to blog post, and Ivan Maisel repeated it on this week's ESPN college football podcast. Interesting that, 20 years after the SEC offered and FSU said no, FSU was prepared to be the one coming to the SEC and asking in. Maisel said that Florida was going to try to block an FSU entry into the SEC, which matches what everyone had assumed about that prospect. I'm just glad we never got that far.

Miami's Off the List For Now [Update: VT too]


Miami (FL) AD Kirby Hocutt went on a Miami sports radio show yesterday to talk expansion. When asked about whether UM would consider switching conferences, his response was telling: "No. No. The Atlantic Coast Conference is our home, Jorge [the radio host], it makes all the sense in the world for us. We focus each and every day on hoisting that ACC championship and positioning us to compete for national championships. The ACC is our home and that's where we're going to be. We're excited about the future growth." Translation: The SEC hasn't talked to Miami about joining in any capacity. Towards the end he gets snippy about Florida, pointing out that the Gators would probably try to block Miami's entrance given that UF AD Jeremy Foley refuses to set up a consistent series with Miami. Foley has said several times that he prefers UF to have seven home games a year, which, thanks to the Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, makes holding two home-and-home non-conference series impossible. Personally, I'm fine with that. As I've said before, the idea of having Miami in the SEC is far better than the reality of it would be. ADDENDUM The Roanoke Times talked with Virginia Tech's athletics director, and it sure sounds like he hasn't talked with the SEC either.

Oklahoma Has Turned Down the SEC


The Chattanooga Times Free Press's Wes Rucker (a very reliable guy) says that Oklahoma's AD Joe Castiglione told the Tulsa World about the SEC talking with OU about inclusion. No word on whether an official offer was extended (I highly doubt it), but Oklahoma has decided to follow Texas wherever it goes. So you can forget about the Sooners joining the SEC. The only possible Big 12 entrant into the SEC at this point appears to be Texas A&M, who may or may not have pledged unity with Texas and Texas Tech already. Gene Stallings is on Texas A&M's board and has been pushing hard for an SEC move, something he apparently confirmed to a Phoenix-area sports radio show today. So while the Tulsa World doesn't have anything on its website about OU and the SEC yet, it does repeat a report from TMZ that Oklahoma State is as good as gone to the Pac-10. OSU would only comfirm that its president will issue a statement later today. UPDATE: 2:23 PM Here's the quote from Castiglione: While Castiglione also confirmed that the SEC has shown interest in the Sooners, OU's position is that it's going to stick with Texas wherever the Longhorns go because of the long history between the two schools. "I think it would be a horrendous decision for OU and Texas to break up," Castiglione said. "We're going to stick together if it's at all possible." UPDATE 2:32 PM The Oklahoman's sources inside Oklahoma State (who I would believe far more than I would TMZ) say that not only is OSU to the Pac-10 not a done deal, but that OSU hasn't even talked to the Pac-10 and won't until Nebraska-to-the-Big-Ten becomes official and public. They have only heard from Texas officials that they'd be a part of any movement the Longhorns make, which makes it sound like Texas isn't as innocent as Chip Brown has been making it out to be. Another strike against TMZ's source: it believes the ultimate end game of conference expansion down the road is a playoff. Right.

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