Florida State and Clemson have served as the bedrock programs of the ACC, but over the weekend the two league powerhouses expressed their displeasure with certain aspects of their home conference. Of course, these concerns have led to speculation about the latest round of conference realignment that's engulfed college football the past few years — though the hypothetical scenario of the Seminoles and Tigers bolting to a new conference faces some major hurdles that make the execution near-impossible.
On Friday, Florida State was the first to make its unhappiness with the current state of the ACC known; more specifically, the powers-that-be pointed to the financial gap that is growing between itself and schools in other conferences. The board of trustees held a meeting where, according to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida State athletic director Michael Alford voiced his concern over the ACC and its future in the changing college athletics landscape.
"At the end of the day for Florida State to compete nationally, something has to change moving forward," Alford said.
Later in the day, Clemson athletic director Graham Neff joined Alford in voicing his displeasure with the current state of the ACC's finances, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.
"In all candor, I put it as a need," he said. "We certainly recognize the investment that we've continued to make as an institution, in our community, in athletics, namely in football, which certainly drives a lot of value that is important from a television and revenue-generation standpoint. Is it time revenue distribution within conferences, or at least the ACC, is done differently? Yeah, I've been very active in those conversations within the league and continue to expect to take a leadership role in our desire for that to be a changed circumstance. Urgently."
Let's dive a little deeper into the issues surrounding the ACC and take a look at why you may not see Florida State and Clemson find a new home in the near future.
The future isn't so bright
The concerns of Clemson and Florida State — and potentially other ACC programs — not only center around the Big Ten and SEC's recent financial windfall that allowed the two conferences to separate from the ACC, but the gap that will widen in the future.