Florida St. Seminoles president Eric Barron spoke with the Tallahassee Democrat about the possibility that the Seminoles will jump to the Big 12. He acknowledges that this is a complicated issue. He's also frustrated that this seems to be getting the most attention at his university and not other things.
Of course, I think a lot of people in the university are frustrated this gets so much attention and all the terrible things that have happened to our academics on campus get so little attention.
The Seminoles are staring down getting a share of $17.1 million from the new television deal that the ACC has signed. However the crux of going to the Big 12 would be the fact that their deal would be $20 million and be split among fewer teams.
However, Barron acknowledges that the cost of leaving the ACC, plus other costs such as travel, could negate any possible monetary gains.
At least half of the emails I'm getting are saying that this $2.9 million is too much to give up. This was my attempt to explain that there are a lot of factors to consider. You have to realize all the travel costs that would come in the Big 12. We don't have to fly to every game now in the ACC. We would have to in the Big 12. With the costs there, it may not be as big an advantage as others might think.