Seminoles AD denies move to Big 12

Florida State Athletic Director has denied the school is looking to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big 12 Conference.

“We’re in the ACC. We’re committed to the ACC,” Spetman told the Orlando Sentinel on Friday. “That’s where our president and the board of trustees has committed to, so we’re great partners in the ACC.”

Spetman addressed the subject after blogs and message boards had been discussing a move by the Tallahassee, Fla., school as fact.

“I’m not out negotiating,” he said.

Adding to the subject was last week’s announcement of a $2.4 million shortfall in the school’s 2012-13 athletic department budget.

Fueling the fire was reports of the Big 12’s newly negotiated television deal that would earn each of the league’s schools $20 million a year — $3 million more than FSU would get in a new ACC TV deal.

“With the new TV deal, it shows some real positives for us to be successful,” Spetman said.
Spetman also debunked reports that he was meeting with the Big 12.

“They’ve said I’ve been in Texas all this week,” Spetman said. “My wife was wondering how I was getting back and forth every day.”

As late as last season, there was talk that FSU was exploring a move to the Southeastern Conference. School president Eric Barron denied those reports.

“We weren’t actively seeking that,” Spetman said Friday.