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that is what most who were around that time believed regarding fsu. fsu guys tried to spin it as something else, but the reality was Bowden and the powers at fsu knew they would have a much easier time dominating a basketball conference and they did. they had an inferior conference in football they knew they could easily handle. I am happy bobby bowden went on record about it and shut up part of the fsu fan base who would never admit it. now this question will never be asked again or debated.

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that is what most who were around that time believed regarding fsu. fsu guys tried to spin it as something else, but the reality was Bowden and the powers at fsu knew they would have a much easier time dominating a basketball conference and they did. they had an inferior conference in football they knew they could easily handle. I am happy bobby bowden went on record about it and shut up part of the fsu fan base who would never admit it. now this question will never be asked again or debated.

Same here, very glad that Bobby finally admitted publicly what everyone knew all along.

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I've head that USCe and Florida had an agreement to never let Clemson or FSU into the SEC. Not sure how true that is, just something I've heard for a few years now.

I don't buy it. The SEC has shown that they will chase down every last dollar and FSU in the conference would be great for business.

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Well I know for sure SC doesn't want Clemson in the SEC. Being the only SEC program in state means a lot to them. Clemson does well enough in recruiting as it is.

I don't know about a lot older lol... I'm "a lot older" than people in high school n lower maybe. I just turned 32 earlier this month.

If FSU did at one point have an opportunity to pursue SEC membership, it's undoubtedly the right decision by Bowden and whoever else to stay put. I really doubt they would have the legacy they do.

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Well I know for sure SC doesn't want Clemson in the SEC. Being the only SEC program in state means a lot to them. Clemson does well enough in recruiting as it is.

I don't know about a lot older lol... I'm "a lot older" than people in high school n lower maybe. I just turned 32 earlier this month.

If FSU did at one point have an opportunity to pursue SEC membership, it's undoubtedly the right decision by Bowden and whoever else to stay put. I really doubt they would have the legacy they do.

I'm 28 so yeah you're older, but I thought you were a couple of years older than 32.

But FSU did have that chance to join the SEC, I posted about it a while back. It was back when the SEC was pursing 2 teams to get to 12 so they could have an SEC Championship game and FSU was one of the programs they were going hard after, the other programs they were considering were Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, Arkansas and South Carolina.

That left Florida State, Miami and South Carolina vying for the second invitation. Florida State was clearly the SEC’s first choice. The major roadblock was scheduling. On August 3, Bobby Bowden admitted to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “I like to win games, and I can’t think of a tougher place to do that than the SEC.” Under the proposed division alignment, Florida State would face Florida, Auburn and Alabama every year, which raised objections from FSU Athletic Director Bob Goin. “Most conferences have got two really strong programs,” Bowden continued, “but top to bottom there isn’t one close to the SEC.” Another report, by Mark Maske of the Washington Post, suggested Florida State refused to be in the same conference as Florida because the Gators “once fostered an SEC blackballing of the Seminoles.” In 2001, a Florida Times-Union retrospective quoted a FSU booster as saying, “There was quite a bit of feeling that we didn’t want to be entrapped; a feeling that among some fans that if we go into [the SEC]…we’d be kind of a stepchild.”

http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2011/1990-sec-expansion-southeastern-conference/

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UF would never allow FSU to join the SEC

1 school can't stop another school from joining a conference when it takes a majority vote for yes or no. Florida could have voted no all they wanted to but if the majority voted yes then FSU could have joined the SEC. But it never got to that point because FSU never wanted in the SEC.

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I've head that USCe and Florida had an agreement to never let Clemson or FSU into the SEC. Not sure how true that is, just something I've heard for a few years now.

the SEC is much different now than it was back when they added south carolina and arkansas. at that time no one was stopping fsu from joining the SEC. that was just some joke of an excuse by fsu fans for avoiding what we all knew at that time and what bobby bowden publicly said finally. however times have changed a lot and yes there are enough votes to keep certain teams out of the SEC and you can bet they will stop fsu from joining the conference now. besides it making very little sense adding them, you have enough programs that will work together on it to make sure they keep out certain teams for obvious reasons.

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1 school can't stop another school from joining a conference when it takes a majority vote for yes or no. Florida could have voted no all they wanted to but if the majority voted yes then FSU could have joined the SEC. But it never got to that point because FSU never wanted in the SEC.

think about it for a second. This is business. FSU joins the SEC they would have a huge advantage in recruiting. Do you honestly think these presidents in the SEC aren't close? Do you think they all hate each other? If one of the top programs didn't want another school to join you best believe they had other schools in their corner. One thing i know is how college football works. UF would have done everything possible to keep FSU out of the SEC. I promise that
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think about it for a second. This is business. FSU joins the SEC they would have a huge advantage in recruiting. Do you honestly think these presidents in the SEC aren't close? Do you think they all hate each other? If one of the top programs didn't want another school to join you best believe they had other schools in their corner. One thing i know is how college football works. UF would have done everything possible to keep FSU out of the SEC. I promise that

As Sac pointed out that wasn't the case back in 1990. Sure it could happen now but we don't know for sure.

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As Sac pointed out that wasn't the case back in 1990. Sure it could happen now but we don't know for sure.

UF would never allow FSU into the the SEC. This is a school that only plays FSU in football because it's basically a law they play each other . They dropped their series against Miami cause they knew it was easier to get to title game without having Miami on the schedule. And let's not pretend the SEC was a juggernaut in the 90's. Nobody was scared of the SEC back then
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UF would never allow FSU into the the SEC. This is a school that only plays FSU in football because it's basically a law they play each other . They dropped their series against Miami cause they knew it was easier to get to title game without having Miami on the schedule. And let's not pretend the SEC was a juggernaut in the 90's. Nobody was scared of the SEC back then

Who said that? No one here.

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