Dabo Swinney sends guarded response on ongoing FSU and Clemson's legal action against ACC

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Dabo Swinney did not want to say much about the ongoing legal action FSU and, to a far lesser extent, Clemson, are taking toward the ACC.

So, he didn't. Instead, Swinney deferred to Clemson president James P. Clements and AD Graham Neff in a humorous but guarded manner.

"That's so far out of my lane," Swinney responded when asked about the cases FSU's boosters and the ACC have against each other (h/t TigerNet). "That's PresidentClements.com and GrahamNeff.com. Or at AOL.com. However, you want to get in touch with them at Clemson.edu. They can answer all your questions. I'm just trying to — I know we’ve got a season. That’s all I'm focused on."

Big Ten and SEC haven't yet shown interest in FSU and Clemson if they leave the ACC

USA Today's Dan Rorabaugh and Jim Henry reported that neither the Big Ten nor the SEC have shown interest in expanding beyond its current group of programs; which includes the debuting USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Washington in 2024 for the B1G, and the Red River Rivalry duo of Texas and Oklahoma making way to the SEC.

"So far neither the Big Ten nor the SEC has shown interest in expanding past their current size, which is growing at the start of the 2024 college football season," they wrote. "USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington will start in the Big Ten, putting it at 18 teams. Texas and Oklahoma are joining the SEC, which will have 16 teams."

That's in an official capacity, though. If/when FSU and Clemson become eligible, one has to think that both will be hot commodities. Both, though, don't have AAU accreditation, which per longtime college football radio host Greg Swaim's sources, means they likely won't be B1G-bound.

"I don't know how many times I have to bring this up, but of thirteen B1G schools I have quality sources for, eleven of them tell me in no uncertain terms that their school will absolutely, positively NOT vote in a school that is not AAU accredited," Swaim wrote.

That means the SEC is the logical landing spot for both. It always made the most sense to acquire the Florida-FSU and Clemson-South Carolina rivalries in one conference.