Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman must be a big ol’ liar. Either that or he’s not as well connected as messageboard posters and insiders like “The Dude of WV.” I say that because Spetman told The Orlando Sentinel today that the Seminoles are committed to the ACC.
Doesn’t he know FSU’s already got an agreement in place to move to the Big 12 along with Miami, Clemson and others? A deal to start their own television network? A deal that would grant them a full-share of revenue as soon as they enter Big 12? And a deal for the Big 12 to help buy the Noles’ way out of the ACC?
“We’re in the ACC. We’re committed to the ACC. That’s where our president and the board of trustees has committed to, so we’re great partners in the ACC… I’m not out negotiating.”
Further, Spetman told The Sentinel that any reports about any Florida State officials talking to Big 12 officials are — in the writer’s words — patently false:
“They’ve said I’ve been in Texas all this week. My wife was wondering how I was getting back and forth every day… I don’t know why people have written (about FSU to the Big 12). I don’t know how they can say that — and I don’t mean to pick on the media – but how can the media person come out and say that there was a Florida State person in a meeting that wasn’t true? How can they get away with that? To my knowledge, nobody from our organization was there. So I don’t know how they can get away with saying that.”
Spetman also said he and his fellow FSU officials “weren’t actively seeking” an invitation to the SEC last summer, either.
Things change. People lie (or “spin” if you prefer).
But Spetman’s definitive comments sure seem to confirm what we wrote last week and what we’ve been told all this week from people actually working inside athletic departments and university administrations — Florida State and Clemson aren’t going to the Big 12 in the near future.