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Basketball, Gators behind Fla. State's Big 12 interest

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08:59 AM ET 05.13 | More than ever, Florida State fans feel they are a football school hopelessly trapped in a basketball league. The most recent bout of Seminole discontent came last year when the ACC expanded to add Pitt and Syracuse - two basketball schools who haven't been relevant in football for years. And then came the news earlier this week that the ACC had extended its TV deal with ESPN for an additional 15 years and $3.6 billion. A growing faction of FSU boosters and power brokers believe the Seminoles can make significantly more money in the Big 12. And when you're surrounded by and recruit against big-budget SEC schools such as Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia, you'd better bring some cash or you'll get spent into oblivion. Think about it: Even though the ACC's new deal will bring FSU up to about $17 million annually in TV revenue, that's still $3 million less than the Big 12. Not only that, but some estimate the recently expanded SEC's new deal could earn each conference school as much as $25 million per year. Translation: Over the span of the ACC's 16-year contract, FSU will earn $128 million less than the Gators.

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May 13, 2012  09:25 AM ET

"... and when you're surrounded by and recruit against big-budget SEC schools such as Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia, you'd better bring some cash ..."

LOL!

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May 13, 2012  09:35 AM ET

" ... Don't kid yourself. If the Big 12 offers big money, Chief Osceola would jump on Bevo and ride him bareback out of the ACC. The only thing left behind would be the billowing smoke from his flaming spear..."

LOL I like Mike Bianchi's writing style.

May 13, 2012  09:36 AM ET

He is colorful.... :)

May 13, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He is colorful.... :)

I'd like to see his assessment of Jerry and the Cowboys.

May 13, 2012  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I'd like to see his assessment of Jerry and the Cowboys.

LMAO....I would pay to read that....

May 13, 2012  10:11 AM ET

It would have been fun to have had Bobby B in the BigXII*

May 13, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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It would have been fun to have had Bobby B in the BigXII*

My apologies to all...just realized I have the wild card in the wrong place when naming the Big 12 conference. Should be

BIGX*

May 13, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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So, they really want the SEC, I think they should change and let them in the SEC, it would be a plus.

It's all UF's fault

May 13, 2012  10:27 AM ET

The Noles join the Big-12, the Irish soon to follow?

May 13, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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Ok, leaving in about 15 minutes, taking my Lady to Outback, she loves that place, and she has earned her favorite place, great Mother and great Grandmother too, and a real fine Lady in every sense of the word.Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there.

I salute em, must be the hardest job out there, certainly the most important.

May 13, 2012  10:29 AM ET

The ACC has handled things very poorly, giving away more rights for far less money than any other conference. The state of Florida is cutting university budgets so if a jump to another conference will help alleviate the financial problems I say do it.

May 13, 2012  11:02 AM ET
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The state of Florida is cutting university budgets so if a jump to another conference will help alleviate the financial problems I say do it.

With budgets being cut, do you think we'll ever see the end of the ridiculous contracts offered football and basketball coaches?

May 13, 2012  11:09 AM ET

I'm trying very hard to understand exactly what an FSU power broker is. Would that be the manager at McDonald's?

May 13, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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So, they really want the SEC, I think they should change and let them in the SEC, it would be a plus.

They we're never really a good fit in the ACC, so they should look elsewhere; but the SEC? football wise it's too competitive. They would disappear among the other 2nd tier teams like Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, etc. If they go to the Big 12 they would be considered among the elite like Oklahoma, Nebraska, etc.

May 13, 2012  11:33 AM ET
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They we're never really a good fit in the ACC, so they should look elsewhere; but the SEC? football wise it's too competitive. They would disappear among the other 2nd tier teams like Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, etc. If they go to the Big 12 they would be considered among the elite like Oklahoma, Nebraska, etc.

Sure....Alabama and LSU will dominate the SEC for the rest of time.
Got a dictionary? Go and look up the word "cyclical".

May 13, 2012  11:34 AM ET

Newsflash: Nebraska not in Big 12.

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