Rumor: SEC turns down FSU and Clemson, Big 12 could poach six ACC schools

Clemson and FSU reportedly didn't get the invite to the SEC or Big Ten
Clemson and FSU reportedly didn't get the invite to the SEC or Big Ten / Don Juan Moore/GettyImages

Longtime college football radio host Greg Swaim dropped the bombshell of all conference realignment bombshells in revealing that both the Big Ten and SEC turned down FSU and Clemson and the Big 12 is now in pursuit of six ACC teams.

"As we've said for a year, FSU and Clemson will not get a B1G offer, due to neither being AAU accredited," Swaim prefaced before saying, "But from Vegas the talk is the SEC has now turned the pair down. With new sponsorship the B12 probably won't pay quite what the other two do, but with those two they'll pay double what the ACC does.

"And it won't end there. The talk is the B12 will take six from the ACC."

Swaim was confident in his prediction and relayed that the SEC and Big Ten might not add any new programs for a while.

"Yormark on the prowl again, as the Big 12 will be aggressive on expansion," Swaim prefaced before saying, "Buckle up ACC, as while the SEC and B1G may not add for a while, Yormark will be more aggressive, as he's hinted he knows what's going to happen very soon in the ACC, and particularly Clemson and FSU, for starters."

SEC could have interest in UNC and UVA if Big 12 don't take them

The insinuation from Swaim is that the Big 12 will be boosted exponentially by private equity -- and it could lead to the conference legitimately challenging the SEC and Big Ten's status as the unofficial "Power 2."

If they aren't aggressive to nab UNC and UVA, college football insider Brett McMurphy foresees the SEC having interest in expanding into North Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

"The North Carolina schools, the Virginia schools," McMurphy prefaced before saying, "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.”

If the Big 12 ends up with all four ACC schools? And two others, likely Miami and Louisville? College football is then a "Power 3" at the top.