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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ó Florida State University President Eric Barron said Saturday that he doesnít know how to make it any clearer: There have been no ó as in zero ó conversations between university officials with anyone about joining the Southeastern Conference.
Barron, attending a Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce meeting in Destin, re-emphasized that there have been no discussions about moving to the SEC, or any other league for that matter.
ěFrom coach to (athletic director) to president and the board chair (trustees), there has been no discussion,î Barron told The Associated Press in phone interview from Destin. ěI feel quite certain if any of those individuals had any discussions, including me, we would have shared it with each other.î
Barron, however, sounded more amused than irritated by all the reports.
ěThereís certainly a lot of scurrying about for sure,î he said.
Football coach Jimbo Fisher said the only information heís heard about schools possibly leaving their existing conferences for the Southeastern Conference is from reporters.
CLEMSON, S.C. ó Clemson University President James Barker says the school is not changing leagues, despite reports the Tigers might head to the SEC.
Barker said Saturday that the Tigers have no discussions with the SEC.
“We are committed to the ACC,” he says in a statement. “We have had no contact with the SEC.”
RALEIGH ó Receiver T.J. Graham’s speedy feet seldom have failed him.
His hands? That’s another story.
The son of a former Olympic sprinter and track coach enters his senior season at North Carolina State as the team’s top returning option at wide receiver.
The Wolfpack’s most prolific return man in school history clearly doesn’t want to fumble away his final year.
He says he’s had some drops but that was a matter of not being focused. So in the offseason, he’s taken the time to become a better leader and “making my hands a lot surer.”
Toward that, he worked on a variety of drills to improve his hand-eye coordination and become a more complete receiver.
He caught tennis balls. He covered his face before snagging footballs. He flipped light switches off and on before making catches.
“T.J. definitely worked really hard this summer catching the ball,” said new quarterback ó and old friend ó Mike Glennon.
That can only help the Wolfpack’s transition at quarterback as redshirt junior Glennon is taking over for three-year starter Russell Wilson.
DURHAM ó Duke center Brian Moore is out indefinitely with a broken arm.
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