Chomping At Bits: Florida State, Big 12 To Touch Off More Conference Realignment?

Sorry for the FSU pic. I just went with the most pathetic-looking one I could find; there were none of the stands at the spring game.

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Florida State, Big 12 dancing: The Cliffs Notes version of Florida State-to-the-Big 12: FSU, the ACC's flagship school, is one of the few ACC schools that can afford to explore its options after the league negotiated a terrible new TV deal with ESPN. And thus it is, at least, investigating the possibility of jumping to the Big 12, with these negotiations going messily and possibly being conducted in public through the outgoing chairman of its Board of Trustees. While this lit up Twitter this weekend, Jeremy Foley was probably stifling a smile and picking out a new pair of sunglasses or something. Bonus link: FSU picked the ACC over the SEC, once upon a time. (Bud Elliott, Tomahawk Nation | Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports | doker, The Plus-Two Plan | Nancy Gay, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida lacrosse gets NYT treatment: Probably nothing you didn't know about the Gators' nascent colossus, but Foley could also have been reading this over the weekend, I guess. (Marty Cohen, The New York Times)

Florida baseball can take positives from Sunday win: The Florida bullpen, for example, is ridiculously good. (Scott Carter, GatorZone)

The USFL is coming back! I would guess we might see a franchise in Florida. (

Modern slavery on Florida farms: The Tampa Bay Times report is from this weekend and about farms in Hastings, not far from Gainesville; the Gourmet report is from 2009. Neither will make you feel good. (Ben Montgomery, Tampa Bay Times | Barry Estabrook, Gourmet)

Deonte Thompson impressing Ravens: No, really. (Jason Butt, CBS RapidReports)

UF did not invent lovebugs: ...despite Brandon Spikes' assertions to the contrary. (UF/IFAS Extension)

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