Tuesday, May 12, 2009

FSU WANTS TO REALIGN THE ACC FOOTBALL CONFERENCES, MAKE GOAL POST WIDER

In an e-mail he wrote in February to Florida State Athletic Director Randy Spetman, Andy Miller, the president of Seminole Boosters, Inc., urged Spetman to lobby the Atlantic Coast Conference to realign its football divisions.

“Please do what you can to realign the conference,” Miller wrote in the e-mail, obtained recently by The Orlando Sentinel through a public records request. “Put Georgia Tech in (the Atlantic) Division. Give them Maryland.”

If there were a movement afoot to realign the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions, it would likely be discussed at the ACC annual meeting this week.

Mike Kelly, the ACC's associate commissioner for football, said realignment could be feasible after the 2015 season, which he said is the last for which schedules have been formatted.
Until then, though, Kelly said talk of realignment is just that.

“I don't think there's a lot to it,” he said. “It could happen any time but we have not (discussed it). I wasn't in the (athletic directors') meeting today, I was in the coaches' meetings. But it wasn't on the agenda. We've never discussed it.”

It has been discussed, though, at FSU. Miller on Monday said he's still supportive of divisional realignment, and he suggested that moving Georgia Tech into the Atlantic Division would help foster a rivalry between the Seminoles and Yellow Jackets.

Florida State's campus in Tallahassee is a remote location for most schools in the ACC but Atlanta, home to Georgia Tech, is the closest ACC city to FSU. Miller said it makes geographic sense for the schools to be in the same division.

Yes, as it would make sense for Virginia, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State to be in the same division since they are all accessible via the U.S. Rt 29 corridor…but, they’re not.

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