ACC rumors: South Carolina less open-minded about adding Clemson to SEC than UF is about FSU

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Bama Hammer's Ronald Evans relayed that South Carolina wouldn't be as accepting of in-state rival Clemson as Florida is about FSU amidst the ongoing wait until the ACC folds altogether as a conference.

Evans shared that FSU could be joining the Big Ten based on recent chatter.

"Recent rumors include the scheduled Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Florida State game in 2025 as an SEC vs. Big Ten matchup," Evans prefaced before saying, "Fueling that rumor are others that claim North Carolina, and perhaps also Virginia have a better chance of getting the votes of SEC schools than do FSU and Clemson. Unofficially, but publicly, Florida has said it would not fight against the SEC adding FSU. South Carolina might be less open-minded about adding Clemson."

Brett McMurphy told On3 that the SEC would have its eyes on UNC and UVA to expand into the North Carolina and Virginia market; expanding its blueprint but in a reasonable way as to preserve the meaning of the term "southeast."

“Because as soon as they do reach a settlement and there is a number established for Florida State and Clemson to exit, then that opens the door for other schools to leave," McMurphy wrote. "The North Carolina schools, the Virginia schools. Certainly the SEC would have interest. I don’t think they have interest in Florida State or Clemson because they’ve already got Florida and South Carolina.”

AAU accreditation the key factor in SEC and Big Ten bidding war for FSU and Clemson

This conversation will shift once the Big Ten's member schools figure out whether or not FSU and Clemson will join the conference and bypass the need for AAU accreditation. If they can't, the "Just Means More" conference will be the biggest beneficiary.

Nebraska doesn't have AAU accreditation, so it's not 100% needed, evidently. Enter FSU and Clemson in the B1G?

That seems to be the current direction of the realignment winds.