Somebody check. Are the office lights burning late tonight in the Moore Athletic Center? If so, the rumors about FSU to the Big 12 may have some legitimacy. Which means the decision makers are wrestling with making some mighty big ones. Let's assume they're thinking beyond the lure of big TV money. About such things as:
• Travel Costs probably double what they currently are.
• Football opponents that may not be a step up from the ACC. Will games against Kansas, K-State, Iowa State and Baylor without R.G. III sell more tickets than Maryland, Duke, B.C. and Wake?
• Basketball would clearly take a step down to the prestige and quality of the ACC.
• The ACC is an easier path to a berth in a four team national championship playoff -- at least for the foreseeable future.
• The Noles would be forever in the shadow of the 10,000 lb. gorilla of the Big 12 known as Texas. Ask an A&M fan.
• And one more thing nobody's talking about: Chain of Command. A quick exit from the ACC would not be the call of Randy Spetman or Jimbo Fisher or the boosters. It would be the decision of FSU president Eric Barron. And to this point he has remained firm on his commitment to the ACC.