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Florida State President Issues Statement On Big 12

The talk of the Florida State Seminoles exploring a potential move to the Big 12 from the ACC has ratcheted up with some mixed messages coming from the school. First, FSU athletic director Randy Spetman tried to nip the rumors in the bud by stating that the school is committed to the ACC conference. Then a board of trustees member came out and blasted the ACC, stating that FSU should explore the Big 12 option. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher also mentioned at a booster meeting that if jumping to the Big 12 is "what's best for Florida State," then that's what they should do.

All of this just added fuel to the fire and now a recent statement from the school's president, Eric Barron, has just made the situation that much more confusing.

FSU president Eric Barron issued the following statement, via Florida State 247:

Florida State University regrets that misinformation about the provisions of the ACC contract has unnecessarily renewed the controversy and speculation about University's athletic conference alignment. Florida State respects the views of the Chair of its Board of Trustees that, of course, any university would examine options that would impact university academics, athletics or finances. At the same time, Florida State is not seeking an alternative to the ACC nor are we considering alternatives. Our current commitments remain strong.

For more on FSU football, visit Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation.

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