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Big 12 Expansion: Conference Not Interested In Florida State... For Now

At times, it seems like conference realignment in the NCAA is similar to a soap opera. This is one of those times.

Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis says that he is "flattered" that Florida State has interest in joining the Big 12. Hargis, though, isn't jumping out of his shoes to welcome the Seminoles to the Big 12.

"As a Big 12 member, I'm flattered that a school the quality of Florida State is interested," Hargis said. "I think it's another indicator of where this conference is.

"But in terms of any school, including that school, there are no discussions going on between the conference and any school about expansion."

Texas' athletic director DeLoss Dodds echoed Hargis' sentiment.

"Florida State's got a great program, got a great tradition," Dodds said. "They're good members of the ACC. There's been no conversation between us and them or them and us. That's a great institution."

Again, this is consistent with every other quote or soundbyte from those involved in the Big 12 conference meetings. Acting Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas, after the first day of meetings in Kansas City, said that the conference members were committed to its 10 teams, and are not looking to expand.

Things can change quickly, though, and they usually do. We'll know more at the end of June when the BCS playoff system is finalized -- or at the least, becomes more clear.

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

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