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Big 12 Expansion Rumors: Georgia Tech May Be Looking To Join

With the ACC looking increasingly like the fifth wheel in what's becoming a four-conference super-structure, schools throughout the conference are now joining Florida State in exploring possible exit options.

According to Orangebloods' Chip Brown, the latest school to join the conference re-alignment rumor mill is Georgia Tech, who has reached out to the Big 12 in recent weeks:

One of my best sources in the Big 12 just indicated that Georgia Tech has also put out informal feelers to the Big 12 about the Big 12's potential expansion plans, and that source said Georgia Tech would be very appealing as a potential expansion target because of its strong academics.

The Yellow Jackets, a strong academic institution in the heart of one of the most college sports crazy metros in the US (Atlanta) and with strong programs in both football and basketball, would certainly be an attractive target for the newly aggressive Big 12.

The big question may be how many life boats the conference can give out and whether it's looking to get back to 12 or possibly expand out to 14 or 16. If the conference wants to stay at a dozen, Florida State would obviously get one, but there could be a vicious battle for the other.

For all the latest on conference re-alignment, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas storystream as well as SB Nation's college football news hub.

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