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Fan vote...SEC gentlemen's agreement


From an article in the Florida Times Union (5/13/01) concerning FSU joining the SEC as opposed to the the ACC in the early 1990's.

"I walked in there as a committee member solely SEC," prominent booster Andy Haggard said. "I was astounded that there would be any other talk. I would say that we were two-thirds SEC because we always wanted to be in the SEC and were always blocked by Florida."

SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer said he never took for granted that Florida State would follow Arkansas as the newest member of the conference, though others did.

"There was a lot of speculation to that respect,'' Kramer recalled. "Our presidents simply announced that they were expanding and didn't mention any schools. I think public perception at that time would have said yes. But factually, speaking for the presidents -- and it was a presidential move -- no.''

 

 From an interview of Andy Haggard, FSU chaiman of the Board of Trustees on 9/20/11.

"Absolutely because that isn't happening anyway," insisted Haggard. "The SEC has not contacted us and it's not going to happen. Every time I read the paper or hear the rumor about FSU all that strikes me is that FSU is a dominant program and if I was on the rumor mill I'd mention FSU too. But we've never been approached and it's not going to happen in my humble opinion. As Chairman of the Board of Trustees I don't think it is going to happen and Eric (Barron) doesn't think it is going to happen.

There has been much speculation about a "gentlemen's agreement" wherein several SEC schools have agreed, tacitly or otherwise, to work together to block the entry of another university within their state from joining theSEC.The most frequently cited schools are Georgia, UF and South Carolina blocking Georgia Tech, FSU and Clemson.

I think you can see what the FSU Chairman of the Board and the President think. What about you?

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