Clemson Board of Trustees president David Wilkins confirmed today that the board will meet Thursday in an informational meeting to discuss conference expansion and realignment.
Various Internet blogs and Web sites have mentioned Clemson as a possible target in Big 12 expansion, although the league has not announced any plans to do so. OrangeBloods.com, a Rivals.com site covering Texas, said Tuesday that there was a “55 to 60 percent chance” that the league would expand from its current 10-team configuration and that Notre Dame, Florida State, Clemson and Miami would be possible candidates, in that order.
Wilkins said the meeting is designed to clear up rumors and speculation surrounding Clemson’s future in the ACC.
“We’re getting the board together to share information,” he said. “There’s no specific proposal we’re going to be addressing. We’re going to let everyone share options for the direction forward and share what information they have.”
Since Florida State Board of Trustees president Andy Haggard blasted the ACC and its new TV contract with ESPN, expansion talk has kicked into overdrive. Wilkins wants to separate truth from rumors.
Tuesday, TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said that the Big 12 “had been a dead league a year ago, and now Florida State, Clemson and Miami are trying to get in.” He later clarified that he was referring to rumors, but it fueled the fire nonetheless.
“With the Internet, blogs and whatnot, information gets out there with no basis and we have to deal with it,” he said. “There are a lot of rumors that are out there, and you wonder what’s really happening. This is an effort by us to get everyone at one table.”
Wilkins said Clemson and the Big 12 have had no contact, formal or informal.
“We have not been contacted by any other league,” he said, “other than the ACC.”