Remember how the Baylor Bears threatened to take Mike Slive and the SEC to court over the pending defections of Texas A&M and Missouri from the Big 12.
Remember how the SEC waited until the Big 12 made a move by adding TCU before officially adding Missouri?
The SEC waited because of the threat of a lawsuit.
If the SEC wanted to avoid a lawsuit don’t you think the Big 12 would want to avoid one too?
That’s why FSU officials are publically denying any talks with the Big 12 – not because the discussions haven’t taken place—they have--because the threat of a lawsuit demands silence.
Yet all you have to do is read between the lines to figure out talks have been taking place for some time.
Jimbo Fisher knows it.
Andy Haggard knows it.
The good folks at Clemson know it too.
FSU’s president and athletic director know it but can’t acknowledge it.
The Big 12 is using the same playbook.
The conference denies it and Big 12 schools deny it.
My guess is the need for silence ends soon.
As details of the new ACC contract with ESPN emerge the need to deny the pending move will diminish as the threat of a lawsuit become more ludicrous with every revelation.
Expect it to be one crazy week.