Florida State has prospered in the Atlantic Coast Conference, winning 12 league championships in 20 years along with 2 national titles in 5 title game appearances. But what of the shifting landscape?
A feature in the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) discusses Florida State's achievements in the league and offers a variety of perspectives. Individuals providing comments include Florida State University President Eric Barron, former football coach Bobby Bowden, present athletic director Randy Spetman, present football coach Jimbo Fisher and ACC commissioner John Swofford, among others.
The possibility of Florida State finding a new conference home is naturally raised early. Among the many interesting perspectives is this one from one of the architects of the the Seminoles' present conference affiliation.
"In terms of what’s best for Florida State, the ACC has to continue to be a player, and not a fifth wheel [in a national championship format]," said former athletic director Bob Goin, who orchestrated the school’s entry into the ACC in the summer of 1990. "The ACC champion has to be there. If not, the ACC might not be the best place for FSU in the future.[....] The ACC is a wonderful conference and it made sense to join that conference in 1990," Goin said. "But the sands have shifted."
Another interesting, if brief, comment on the subject comes from new Board of Trustees chair Allan Bense.
"The athletic folks can give you a much better perspective on that relationship," Bense said.... "I do know that President Barron is watching this issue closely. Very closely."
See the complete article at the Florida Times-Union site.