Would the conference consider Florida State, Clemson?
State of Florida is ready to flirt with other conferences.
That is the message from the outgoing FSU president John Thrasher recently gave an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat.
“I don’t want Florida State to be left behind,” Thrasher told the newspaper. “I consider us part of the ACC, but I also know 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 have to be prepared, whatever the options there are.”
Thrasher added that “It should be very special for us to leave,” but said that “The Oklahoma, Texas thing is the tip of the iceberg in my opinion.”
Should the SEC swipe right on the Seminoles?
In this edition of “SEC Football Unfiltered, “Hosts the USA TODAY network Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams argue that the SEC should not limit itself to 16 teams after Oklahoma and Texas accepted invitations to join the league.
Toppmeyer thinks the SEC should add four more schools and even consider breaking out of the college football playoff to host their own super conference playoffs. He says the SEC should have Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Southern California as top priorities.
But Adams sees no need for expansion on the west coast. He prefers Florida State to Trojans.
Toppmeyer says that even if he abandoned his idea of ââthe SEC pursuing USC, he would prefer two other ACC schools – North Carolina and Virginia Tech – to Florida State.
Adams and Toppmeyer are also considering adding Texas and Oklahoma. They are slated to join the SEC in 2025, though it’s possible the move could be completed sooner.
While the expansion is fueled by money and power, Adams likes these Big 12 supplements because they strengthen the SEC traditions. He’s a sucker for the Sooner Schooner.
Meanwhile, Toppmeyer welcomes the restoration of rivalries such as Texas-Texas A&M, Oklahoma-Missouri, and Texas-Arkansas.
Blake Toppmeyer is an SEC columnist for the USA TODAY Network. John Adams is a senior columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. If you like their coverage, consider it a digital subscription that gives you access to everything. You can also subscribe to their podcast, SEC Football Unfiltered. They’re also hosting a podcast on football in Tennessee, The volunteer state.