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FSU committed to ACC, AD says

TALLAHASSEE — In response to speculation as conference realignment talk again filled the Internet, FSU athletics director Randy Spetman said Friday that his programs were "committed to the ACC" and that any conversations about the school switching conferences is nonsense.

"We're in the ACC. We're committed to the ACC," Spetman said. "That's where our president and the board of trustees has committed to, so we're great partners in the ACC."

Conference realignment speculation included FSU contemplating a move to the Big 12.

Spetman refuted such talk, saying, "I'm not out negotiating."

FSU faces a $2.4 million shortfall on its 2012-13 operating budget, so the Seminoles could be looking for additional money.

On Monday, CBSSports.com reported the Big 12 had reached a "verbal" agreement with ESPN and Fox to extend its TV deal, and the payout to each school would be $20 million a year.

Entering the 2012-13 conference year, FSU stands to make about $14 million from the ACC's distribution payout. The year after, however, FSU will be in position to receive an additional $3 million from the conference.

On Wednesday, the ACC and ESPN announced they were extending their broadcast deal, in this case, for another 15 years. Now each school, because of the additions of Pitt and Syracuse, would receive $17 million a year.

"With the new TV deal, it shows some real positives for us to be successful," Spetman said.

Boise State balking? Boise State, scheduled to join the Big East on July 1, 2013, may be considering remaining in the Mountain West, CBSSports.com reported. MWC officials met with Boise State officials earlier this week, and the Broncos have not yet formally told their current conference they are withdrawing, the report said.

In response, a school spokesman told CBSSports.com, "We are actively monitoring the changing landscape in college athletics and remain committed to making the best long-term decisions for Boise State."

Boise State has until June 30 to give formal notification to the MWC, though the Broncos have signed a contract to join the Big East and are on the hook for a $5 million exit fee if they do not join before July 1, 2013. If the Broncos leave the Big East on or after July 1, 2013, they must provide 27 months notice and pay a $10 million exit fee.

Pitt sues Big East: Pittsburgh is suing the Big East in hopes of moving its exit date from the conference up a year. The school filed a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County claiming the Big East waived its right to enforce a 27-month withdrawal notice and the Panthers should be allowed to move to the ACC without further penalty by the 2013-14 conference year. Pitt and Syracuse announced in September they were jumping to the ACC. Pitt paid half of its $5 million exit fee at the time and said it would remain in the conference until July 1, 2014. The school argues that the Big East allowed West Virginia and Texas Christian to leave without the proper notice, so it can't prevent Pitt from leaving after the 2012-13 year.

Basketball

Syracuse defamation suit: A judge threw out a defamation lawsuit brought against Syracuse and men's coach Jim Boeheim by two men who said the coach slandered them when he said their accusations of sexual abuse against former associate head coach Bernie Fine were driven by greed. Two former ball boys, Bobby Davis and Michael Lang, accused Fine of sexually abusing them more than 20 years ago.

When the allegations surfaced, Boeheim supported Fine and told ESPN that Davis was telling "a bunch of a thousand lies" and called him an opportunist.

Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph, a graduate of Syracuse and its law school, ruled that Boeheim's comments were not statements of fact but were opinions that are protected from defamation suits.

George Mason: The Patriots, one of three league teams considering a change in affiliation, announced they are staying in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Nebraska: Tim Miles signed the longest coach's contract in school history with his seven-year deal that pays a starting salary of $1.4 million and increases to $2.15 million by 2018-19. Miles was hired away in March from Colorado State. The longest previous contract for a Huskers coach was the six-year deal signed by former football coach Bill Callahan in 2004.

Softball: Freshman pinch-hitter Bailey Castro homered in the eighth as No. 3 seed UF upset No. 2 Tennessee 2-1 at the SEC tournament in Tuscaloosa, Ala., giving Tim Walton win No. 500 in his 10th season as coach. The Gators (46-10) advance to today's 1 p.m. title game (ESPN2) against No. 1 Alabama. … Hope Rush threw a one-hitter and third-seeded Georgia Tech ousted No. 2 Florida State 9-1 in the ACC tournament semifinals at Chapel Hill, N.C. Rush took a no-hitter into the sixth before Maddie O'Brien singled for the Seminoles (46-14). Georgia Tech faces No. 4 Virginia Tech.

Women's Tennis: The second-seeded Gators (22-1) blanked South Carolina State 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA championships in Gainesville. UF is 14-0 all time in first-round NCAA matches. Florida plays Washington State (19-6), which beat Florida State 4-3, at 3 p.m. today.

Information from the Associated Press and Times wires was used in this report.

FSU committed to ACC, AD says 05/11/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 11, 2012 11:16pm]

    

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