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ACC keeps fingers crossed on Florida State

May 16, 2012 - Neil Rudel
Just when Pitt fans are getting used to the idea and anticipating the Panthers in the Atlantic Coast Conference comes this bombshell: Florida State, the league's best team, is thinking of heading to the Big 12.

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The ACC has got to be nervous because the idea of playing Oklahoma and Texas every year will be more appealing to Florida State than any tandem of opponents the ACC can offer.

Don't think for a second that if Florida State leaves that Miami won't start searching for a more attractive option, either in the Big 12 or the SEC. And what of Virginia Tech? Will it be satisfied?

The sudden clouds, if they burst, could leave longtime dance partners Pitt and Syracuse feeling betrayed -- kind of how UConn and Rutgers and West Virginia felt after the Panthers and Orange bolted from the Big East.

It's a good thing college football is such a great game on the field. Because off the field, it often stinks.

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