CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: Fans of the Clemson Tigers cheer on their team against the Auburn Tigers at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
One of the common institutions that has been kicked around when talking about potential Big 12 expansion has been the Clemson Tigers. Florida State and Clemson are both currently affiliated with the ACC but as the scramble for stability continues the ACC doesn't seem to be the most desirable location for two fanbases that consider themselves football first institutions.
The latest and greatest coming out of Clemson South Carolina is that the Clemson Board of Trustees will meet today to discuss realignment rumors, prospects and the future of the schools conference affiliation. Obviously no one is tipping their cap and this could mean nothing, but it is a step that has been a common one when it comes to schools making this sort of a move.
"It's just to get everybody on the same page. The general discussion will be about what we think the future holds. We will talk about everything that has been going on, and this will allow us to get on the same page as the president [James Barker] and discuss the situation as he sees it.
I have no reason to believe that he will say he has had contact with any other conference, whether through a third party or intermediaries. We are a member of the ACC, and we have not been asked to join any other conference."
Board Chairman David Wilkins
Familiar rhetoric, this time coming from a school outside of the Big 12 that has been rumored as a possible Big 12 target. Realignment fatigue will continue to set in, and who knows if the Big 12 is truly looking for expansion. Either way it's hard not to at least feel a little relief considering the Big 12 isn't the hunted this go around.
Thoughts on adding Clemson?