Florida State University’s (FSU) Board of Trustees voted unanimously on December 22nd to challenge the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Grant of Rights legal agreement. This sets the stage for FSU to leave the ACC and seek membership elsewhere.
The move comes after a dominant 2023 football season that saw an undefeated 13-0 FSU squad left out of the College Football Playoff.
Shortly after the Board announcement, a historic 60-point blowout loss to SEC powerhouse Georgia leaves little question as to the team’s viability in the postseason.
Wake Forest finished their football season last in the ACC all the while the transfer portal continues to hurt the locker room.Meanwhile, the ACC is prepared to accept the additions of Cal, Stanford and SMU starting in July 2024.
Cross-country travel raises serious concerns for Wake Forest and other ACC teams. Road trips to California would be taxing on student-athletes, not to mention fans wishing to support their teams. Geographically, the ACC footprint will soon stretch over 3,000 miles from coast to coast.
For Wake Forest, the California additions create a difficult travel burden. Few Demon Deacon fans will likely make the trek out west to cheer on their teams. Additionally, late-night start times for west coast games could dampen viewership and exposure.
The ACC’s moves ignore regional priorities while football teams at the top of the conference like FSU vote to move away from the conference.