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Big 12 Expansion Rumors: TCU AD Backs Off Of ACC Comments

Unfortunately, you can expect a lot of stories like this one over the course of the summer.

On Wednesday, TCU's Athletic Director Chris Del Conte confirmed that the Big 12 was looking to expand, and specifically, targeting three ACC schools -- Florida State, Clemson and Miami. Thursday morning, however, Del Conte was singing a different tune.

Del Conte told the Star-Telegram he was not substantiating the rumors. The radio host interjected Miami into the group of schools rumored to be mulling a move to the Big 12. Del Conte said he was just referring to the rumors when he mentioned that Miami and others were interested in joining during the breakfast gathering, which came after the radio interview.

"If you listen to the radio interview my comments were in reference to where [the Big 12] was a year ago and now we're being talked about by all these schools," Del Conte said. "It's gratifying because a year ago we were talking about the Big 12 not being around. It's just remarkable the transformation in less than a year. That's all I was addressing."

It's not in the least bit surprising that Del Conte backed off of his remarks, which weren't even that strong to begin with. The Big 12's interest in Florida State, Clemson, Notre Dame and to a lesser extent, Miami, is one of the worst kept secrets in the sports world today. Fans can continue to expect to hear the same old from Big 12 ADs and conference officials throughout the summer, as they'll continue to downplay interest in expansion -- despite ultimately eyeing it.

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