The boosters, bloggers and fans driving the "ditch the ACC" agenda could not have orchestrated a more effective misinformation campaign. Their bluster and volume have drowned out the more reserved voices which have called for a deeper inspection of this issue. Any one of these myths taking hold would be powerful, all five taking hold has had extraordinary influence.
It's no secret why the ACC is considered a weakling football league and doesn't have the drawing power or TV allure of the big-boy conferences. It's not that the ACC has let down Florida State; it's that Florida State – and Miami – have let down the ACC. If these two programs had remained the dominant, dynastic powers they were a decade ago, the ACC would be considered one of the premier leagues in college football. Instead, the Seminoles and Hurricanes have become the biggest disappointment along Tobacco Road since the Marlboro Man snuffed out his last cigarette.
This is not to say the Seminoles don't have every right to explore the possibility of moving to the Big 12 and making significantly more TV money, but spare us the whining about the ACC being a basketball conference. The reason it's a basketball conference is because FSU and Miami have failed miserably in making it a football conference.
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, FSU athletics director Randy Spetman said his programs were "committed to the ACC" and that any conversations about the school switching conferences is pure nonsense.
"We're in the ACC. We're committed to the ACC," Spetman said. "That's where our president and the board of trustees has committed to, so we're great partners in the ACC."
We've heard some rumors of you guys flirting with the Big 12. What's going on there?
TN: It's all rumor on our end as well. But I do believe FSU is constantly examining its options.
On a related note, as an FSU fan, do you want out of the ACC? And if so, would you prefer the Big 12 or the SEC?
TN: I do, for a variety of reasons mostly relating to the conference preferring hoops over football while the football schools bring in the money, and preferential treatment for the Tobacco Road schools. And yeah, the SEC is a much better fit geographically and culturally.