Clemson’s board of trustees will meet in Columbia Thursday afternoon and one of the items to be discussed will be the ever growing speculation regarding a move to the Big 12 by the Tigers. More and more reports are tieing in Clemson with Big 12 expansion. In fact, reports have had Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and North Carolina as other ACC schools with Big 12 interest.
Thus far, Clemson officials, when asked, have denied any interest in leaving the ACC and any knowledge of any contact with Big 12 officials. But the current state of affairs in college football may force the Tigers to leave a conference for which they were a founding member.
Many college football experts are predicting the ACC will be on the outside looking in on a four team playoff if only the four top ranked champions are included. Their feelings are that ACC football rates below the SEC, the Big Ten, the Big 12 and the Pac 12 and the league’s champion would not be able to crack the top four.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, however, has disputed that, accurately pointing out that last season the Tigers had climbed to fifth in the BCS rankings before suffering losses in the final half of the season.
The Clemson board meeting will be held in an office on Main Street in Columbia and will commence at 4:00 PM. Clemson fans, no doubt, are hoping for some clarity from this meeting regarding where the school’s leadership will guide the program in the years to come.