The next step in the realignment of college sports has arrived as the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announced what they’re calling a historic alliance.
The deal is clearly in response to SEC’s poaching of Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 earlier this offseason — even though the conference commissioners say it isn’t.
B1G's Kevin Warren asked if SEC adding OU/Texas prompted Alliance: “What that did, that allowed all of us to take a step back, take a step forward, what will next 1-15 years look like in college athletics? I wouldn’t say it’s a reaction, but you have to evaluate what’s going in"— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 24, 2021
So does this alliance actually mean for the future of college sports? Your guess is as good as mine.
Notably, this deal does not include the Big 12, which is the conference that suffered the loss of OU and UT and there are rumors that the Pac-12 could be announcing an expansion of its own in the near future.
There’s also no actual contract between the conferences either. The commissioners say they’ve looked each other in the eye and agreed to work with each other. They do plan to use the alliance to build out future schedules though that part of the agreement won’t happen until their current contractual obligations are finished.
So what changed for Florida State? Not much at this point. And maybe not even in the long term. But it’s a clear dividing line between the conferences and the SEC.
Mike Norvell’s football team has just 11 more days until they hit the field for the season opener against No. 9 Notre Dame so every practice at this point counts. After a day off on Monday, the Seminoles were back at it on Tuesday and they were focused on not just fixing mistakes but making sure they don’t happen again.
For this team to be competitive, a lot of guys will have to take that big step forward and our guys at camp have seen it for many of them. You can hear more from them on that growth and more on this week’s episode of the Triple Option podcast.
While FSU focuses on its own growth, Notre Dame is working on getting its offensive coordinator Mike Rees back after an appendectomy.
Notre Dame OC Tommy Rees had an appendectomy Monday night and will be back to work on Wednesday, according to Brian Kelly.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 24, 2021
The schedule won’t get much easier for Florida State after week one as they find themselves with one of the 15 toughest schedules in the country.
2021 SP+ strength-of-schedule ratings for all 130 FBS teams: pic.twitter.com/hbkkcAN7WP— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) August 24, 2021
As I established in Tuesday’s Noles News, I am a Saints fan so excuse while I have a moment of excitement here, but Jameis Winston is still getting heaped with praise from his preseason performance against the Jaguars on Monday Night Football. Is the former FSU star back to his college form?
#Saints— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) August 24, 2021
Would expect more play-action concepts with Jameis Winston at QB.
Throw on rhythm to target the middle of the field + attack over the top on schemed shot plays (below).
Winston adds a vertical element to Sean Payton’s offense. @NFLMatchup pic.twitter.com/WSBsKVeZal
Through two preseason games, Jameis Winston has been the more efficient and aggressive passer compared to Taysom Hill when it comes to the #Saints QB battle.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) August 24, 2021
11.0 air yards/attempt
6.3 air yards/attempt pic.twitter.com/3LhNTQSWTW
Meanwhile, Louisiana native Warrick Dunn continues to do amazing work for families all over the country. His latest home giveaway coming with some extra big smiles all the way around.
Today was special for @wdcharities. The kids' reactions were priceless, one of them said, "I wanna stay here forever". That's why we do what we do. Those are the moments we live for.— Warrick Dunn (@WarrickDunn) August 24, 2021
#dunndidit #dunndeal #FamilyMatters pic.twitter.com/2AImA08JUA
Class of 2022 commit Devaughn Mortimer is still a year away from making his way to campus but he’s already drawing comparisons to a former FSU great.
NEW: I got the chance to sit down recently with wide receiver and FSU 2022 commit Devaughn Mortimer and his coach @Dillard_DHS Tyler Tate, who compares his speed and explosiveness to a former Seminoles great from South Florida #FSU #Noles https://t.co/uetuJDy5dN via @tdonline— Andre Fernandez (@FernandezAndreC) August 24, 2021
A strong start for FSU Soccer has them sitting at the top of the rankings two games into the season with plenty of other ACC teams.
Leading the way for FSU is Jaelin Howell who was better than anyone in the conference defensively this week and got honored for it.
We’re less than one month from the Ryder Cup and Brooks Koepka is already getting excited to tee it up.