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College Conference Realignment: DeLoss Dodds Shoots Down Florida State Rumors

While a report from Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com speculating about the Big 12 going after Florida State and Clemson caused quite a stir, Texas AD DeLoss Dodds quickly shot it down on Friday:

The Big 12, which now only has 10 members, may be looking at adding schools to get back to 12, which would allow them to hold a conference championship game in football.

However, it's unlikely that ESPN, the real power behind the conference realignment shuffle, would want to decimate the ACC so completely by allowing two of its premier football programs to jump ship.

A smaller concern would be the complete lack of geographical connection between a conference of schools in Texas and the Great Plains and two schools on the Atlantic seaboard, but the presence of San Diego State in the "Big East" indicates nothing can be completely ruled out.

For more coverage of the Big 12's role in the latest round of conference realignment, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas storystream.

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