Clemson Senior Associate Athletic Director Bill D’Andrea told our South Carolina Radio Network news team that he doesn’t think there is much too all the talk about Clemson bolting the ACC for the Big 12. Despite the growing scuttlebutt about the Big 12 luring Florida State and Clemson and perhaps other ACC schools to join its league, D’Andrea doesn’t see Clemson changing conference flags any time soon.
“You know we have a solid conference, D’Andrea said. “I know a lot of people think we the ACC is going to get left out. But, you know here’s the deal: If Florida State, or Virginia Tech, or Clemson or Miami, is 12-0, we’re going to have a seat at the table too.”
Earlier this month the Clemson Board of Trustees met to discuss expansion. Chariman David Wilkins said after the meeting that Clemson remains committed to the ACC but would be willing to entertain a serious offer from another conference should one come their way.
D’Andrea conceded the ACC has “stubbed its toe” in football lately, but he still views the conference as a viable and profitable home for Clemson. He did concede the ACC is built more around basketball than football.
“[The ACC] is probably more of a basketball conference than it is a football conference, particularly with the expansion of Syracuse and Pitt,” D’Andrea said. But I don’t think there is anything to it (expansion talk).”
AUDIO: Bill D’Andrea on Big 12 talk [1:05]