Conference Realignment: Big 12 Still Interested In Notre Dame

The conference, still looking to get back to 12 members, has been linked closely with Florida State and several other schools from the ACC over the last few weeks.

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Big 12 Expansion: On Florida State, Clemson And College Realignment

If Florida State and Clemson leave the ACC for the Big 12, it could potentially set off major conference realignment -- something that the University of Texas might not support.

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Big 12 Expansion: Follow The Money

With the conference likely looking to add two more schools to get back to twelve, a breakdown of the criteria the Big 12 will use to evaluate possible additions.

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Big 12 Expansion Rumors: Big 12 AD's 'Committed' To 10 Members

Rumors over the past month have been swirling about possible conference realignment, which all started when Chip Brown mused that Florida State to the Big 12 could make sense. Ever since, we've seen a whirlwind of rumors regarding Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson and even Notre Dame and potential interest between those schools and the Big 12.

Today, Chuck Neinas, acting Big 12 commissioner, did his best to quell those rumors following the first day of the Big 12 meetings.

Earlier today, Peter Bean over at Burnt Orange Nation spoke about how expansion might not make sense for the Longhorns. Apparently, at through day one of the meetings, and at least publicly, the athletic directors in the Big 12 are against expanding the conference beyond its 10 current members. This could be for a slew of reasons, but almost certainly, it's driven by money in some capacity.

Things could very well change over the course of the summer, as incoming commissioner Bob Bowlsby is on record saying he will be vigilant when it comes to expansion, but as of now, it looks like the Big 12 is happy with 10.

For more on Big 12 expansion, be sure to check back here at SB Nation Dallas throughout the summer.

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Derrick Brooks Says Big 12 Has Approached Florida State

In a national radio interview on Tuesday morning, Derrick Brooks, a former Florida State linebacker and member of their Board of Trustees, said that the Big 12 has approached the Seminoles about possibly joining the conference:

Brooks, a former All-Pro LB with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was a two-time All-American LB at Florida State in the early 1990's who helped lead the school to a national title in 1993. After his playing days were over, he was named to the Seminoles Board of Trustees in 2003.

The head of Florida State's Board ignited the latest round of realignnment speculation when he blasted the ACC's new TV contract and praised the Big 12's over the weekend, and Brooks' statements will only add fuel to the fire about what would be a blockbuster move for a conference that was seemingly on its deathbed only 12 months ago.

For all the latest news and analysis on conference re-alignment, stay tuned the SB Nation Dallas storystream as well as the college football news hub over at SB Nation.com.

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Florida State Chairman Blasts ACC, Praises Big 12

When the first reports linking Florida State and the Big 12 began circulating online, they were mostly dismissed as wishful thinking coming out of Austin.

However, in an interview Saturday with Warchant.com, Florida State Board of Trustees chairman Andy Haggard poured lighting fluid on an open fire with a series of incendiary comments reacting to the ACC's new TV deal with ESPN.

What seemed to infuriate Haggard the most was the fact that the conference relinquished third-tier football rights, the same ones UT used to create the Longhorn Network with ESPN, but kept their third-tier basketball rights. That, in turn, will create substantial paydays for basketball schools like UNC and Duke at the expense of football powers like Florida State:

"It continues the perception that the ACC favors the North Carolina schools," noted Haggard. "How do you not look into that option [of talking to the Big 12. On behalf of the Board of Trustees I can say that unanimously we would be in favor of seeing what the Big 12 might have to offer. We have to do what is in Florida State's best interest."

With only 10 members, the Big 12 would need two more schools to create two divisions and have a conference championship game in football. And if Florida State, a tradition-rich school with a huge fanbase in one of the biggest states in the country, is really looking, they would almost certainly be accepted.

For all the latest news and analysis on conference re-alignment, stay tuned the SB Nation Dallas storystream as well as the college football news hub over at SB Nation.com.

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