Unexpected Twist: Plans for Florida State and Clemson to Exit ACC Temporarily Shelved
The hopes of the Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers to bid farewell to the ACC have encountered an unexpected hurdle, and you won’t believe why!
College football has been buzzing with discussions about teams realigning.
Remember how USC and UCLA made that leap from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten last year? Well, their move won’t actually take effect until the 2024 season. Meanwhile, recent weeks saw the Big Ten welcoming Oregon and Washington into their fold, and the Big 12 snagged Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and Arizona State. As a result, the Pac-12’s lineup has been left a bit wobbly, with Stanford, Cal, Washington State, and Oregon State as the remaining teams. However, the ACC is also facing its own share of uncertainties.
Both the Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers have been on the lookout for an exit strategy from the ACC. They’ve been quite vocal about their dissatisfaction with the current media rights deal. Yet, their window to break free from the deal and find a new home closed this past Tuesday. And here’s where things got a little dicey.
Dennis Dodd, the sports guru at CBS, has inside information from industry sources. These sources indicate that neither the Big Ten nor the SEC is particularly eager to embrace schools like Florida State and Clemson. But hang on, there’s more to the story. Dodd highlights the ACC’s “ironclad grant of rights agreement” as the ultimate showstopper. In other words, this agreement has effectively put the kibosh on any such shenanigans.