The Bishin Cutter wrote:
Cutter, I'm not sure I get your point. Are you saying FSU can't play in the cold and that they are too scared to join the SEC so they are perfectly happy to be in the ACC?
I don't know if it's fear that keeps them out of the SEC. I think it's ego. Ego from the administration, and ego from the core boosters (including the former coach). I think Bowden was kind of a hack, but he was smart enough to propel his program to the top by way of a talent-rich, football-craving state and region beating up lesser competition...be it in the mid-south as an independent, or up and down the coast in the ACC.
I don't think it's in FSU to regularly compete up in the Big Ten. They aren't a program built to, although I do think they could do well enough to bowl most years. They're a warm-weather school; they recruit and draw warm-weather kids and fans. To alienate that base...imagine the California schools recruiting deep into Texas and Louisiana for basketball players. It's just goofy.
FSU isn't an ACC school. Not academically, not athletically. But, it wants to look good. They need to prioritize there...if they're serious about competing at the top level, they need to do whatever it takes to get into the SEC; something, I suspect, that's not the SEC's problem to solve, but getting people out of the FSU system to stop holding them back.
FSU choice the ACC over the SEC for 2 reasons.
1. At the time, the ACC's payout to schools was more than the SEC.
2. Bowden thought the ACC had the easier path to the National Championship.
In hind sight, it was a horrible decision and one that FSU will pay for until they join the B1G or SEC which may never happen.
As far as joining the B1G, alienating FSU's recruiting base wouldn't be as goofy if they were added with GT, UNC, and UVa. They already play Maryland so it wouldn't be so goofy.
As far as FSU's ability to compete in the B1G, I couldn't disagree with you more. We are going to have to agree to disagree. Personally, I think FSU has as much talent as anyone in the B1G and in most cases more. Under Jimbo, FSU is built more SEC-like than any team in the nation outside of the SEC.
I dream of the day that FSU joins the SEC even though I believe they would be more competitive in the B1G.
I don't think the SEC wants FSU, I hope they change their mind.