Yesterday I made a mistake. I wrote that Clemson was a “done deal” to the Big 12 and although it may be a matter of semantics my friend at WVU took issue with my choice of words.
“It is not a done deal,” he said. “An agreement in principal is not a done deal.”
“Until the contract is signed and the press conference is over it’s not a done deal” he continued.
So I asked exactly “what” it was.
Clemson and the Big 12 have exchanged financial information, projected schedules and revenue estimates. They have reached an agreement on all substantial issues.
Clemson wants the Big 12 and the Big 12 wants Clemson, but the process must play out.
The Tigers are waiting patiently for the FSU endgame and the ACC’s reaction. They’re content to let the Seminoles be the icebreaker and blaze the way out of the beleaguered conference.
It’s expected that the Big 12 will discuss both Clemson and FSU in the next league meeting and there’s a belief that the Big 12 will invite FSU and Clemson to become the 11th and 12th members.
At that point the “done deal” becomes a matter of signing the paperwork and holding the press conference.
FSU’s move to the Big 12 is inevitable. They’ve made statements that ruffled feathers at Duke and UNC and made every football-centric member nervous. They’ve made their distrust of the conference known and stated their disgust with the ACC TV contract.
FSU is much closer to the mythical “done deal” than Clemson but the Tigers are willing to follow in their footprints.
I’ll have another update later today concerning expansion to 14 or 16 and details about interactions Georgia Tech, Maryland, Pitt and other ACC schools have had with the Big 12. I also ponder if the Big 12 would take Georgia Tech over Clemson to attract Notre Dame.