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Possible move to Big 12 not discussed at Florida State board of trustees meeting

SARASOTA — In terms of ACC-to-Big 12 possibilities, there's no sense reading the minutes of the Florida State board of trustees quarterly meeting on Friday.

Not one of those minutes — or milliseconds — was spent on the subject.

"We're not seeking anything. We're not expecting anything. There are no conversations that are going on," FSU president Eric Barron said after the 3½-hour meeting at the Ringling Museum of Art.

The meeting arrived in the wake of some school officials saying the Seminoles should at least examine the notion of a move if the chance arose.

Among them was outgoing board chairman Andy Haggard, who announced he won't seek a second two-year term. Former state House of Representatives speaker Allan Bense was approved to replace him.

"(Haggard) said clearly that all boards that are responsible would take any opportunity presented and study it," Barron said. "That's not an invitation. That's just a statement of fact."

The Big 12 recently said it was happy with 10 teams.

Barron added a crisp "No," when asked if there was anything to watch for between now and mid August, when ACC schools must declare any intention to leave if they want to play in their new league for 2013-14.

Elsewhere, the board approved acquiring the Donald L. Tucker Center — FSU's financially beleaguered basketball arena — from the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Authority by assuming nearly $6 million of debt.

"We had to get involved to keep the doors open," Barron said.

Additionally, athletic director Randy Spetman clarified previous reports of a $2.4 million budget shortfall in his department. Spetman said FSU got an additional $1.6 million from the ACC on June 1, putting its payout from the league at more than $16 million and negating original fears of a deficit.

The initial projection for the payout was $14 million.

"We have never had a shortfall," Spetman said.

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