Realignment Update: Florida State To SEC?

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Dec 1, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back James Wilder Jr. (32) holds the MVP award after the game. The Seminoles defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 21-15 to win the ACC Championship at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

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As the Conference Realignment Turns., a sports website dedicated to Florida State Sports, is reporting that Florida State is exploring their options and looking towards the Big 10, SEC and Big 12. is also reporting that the school is looking to get into the SEC because of the geographical fit. Alabama and other SEC schools are trying to get Florida and South Carolina to give an in-state exemption to let it Florida State and Clemson.

One thing is clear, Florida State will leave the ACC.

The Big 10 doesn’t seem to be an option since the Big 10 prides itself on academics with all but 1 member in the AAU. Florida State is not a highly ranked academic institution according to US News and World Report’s ranking and is not an AAU member.

That leaves the only two options being the SEC and the Big 12. Make no mistake, if the SEC offers, the Seminoles will go to the SEC. It’s where they fit in the best. The Big 12 wants Florida State but the school wants to make the best decision for its future. While Alabama is trying to protect it’s turf from a Big 12 invasion, many other SEC schools don’t want to give Florida State a recruiting advantage by heading to the SEC. Those schools are Georgia, Auburn, and Florida. Alabama has some allies in this fight, namely Missouri and Texas A&M who doesn’t want the Big 12 to get stronger.

But is the Big 12 willing to expand?

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