FSU president says decision on new conference is near

Published Sept. 13, 1990|Updated Oct. 17, 2005

Florida State University President Bernard Sliger said Wednesday he hopes to announce the school's decision on moving to a new conference within a week. The Miami Herald reported that Florida State is only waiting to be invited by the ACC.

However, Sliger said he couldn't announce a decision until he receives a recommendation from the school's athletic board. "That's probably the most important group," he said.

The board is scheduled to be briefed today by board chairman Charles Erhardt, the school's faculty representative, and athletic director Bob Goin, who said it was time to make a decision. "We've had all the information, all the data," said Goin.

FSU communications director Wayne Hogan said no recommendation would be forthcoming from the board until early next week.

The Southeastern Conference also has been lobbying Florida State, but the Atlantic Coast Conference package is more lucrative, Sliger confirmed.

Sliger's decision must be ratified by the Board of Regents, a move Chancellor Charles Reed said is normally a formality.

"I have to support the president," said Reed, who is also anxious to complete the process.

Florida State presently competes in the Metro Conference in all sports but football. The Seminoles play an independent schedule in football.

FSU could be competing in most sports in a new conference by next year, although it would take several years before the school could play a full conference schedule in football.