UPDATED: Tech denies Big Ten rumors

Amidst rumors and reports that Georgia Tech has applied and been approved for membership into the Big Ten, the school denied their veracity.

“There is no truth to the rumors,” Institute spokesman Matt Nagel said in an e-mail Friday afternoon.

In his conversations with school president G.P. “Bud” Peterson, acting athletic director Paul Griffin said that Peterson “has told me there’s been no communication (with the Big Ten), nor does he expect any.”

Griffin spoke from Charlotte, N.C., where Tech will play Florida State for the ACC football championship Saturday. Griffin said in addition he was not aware of any communications between Tech leadership and the Big Ten or any other conference.

Wednesday, on a teleconference with news media following the ACC accepting Louisville as a member, commissioner John Swofford said that the nature of conversations he had had with Peterson in the past 10 days regarding Tech’s future “has been emphatic in terms of their commitment to the ACC and Georgia Tech’s future.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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DecaturHurricaneAlum

November 30th, 2012
3:30 pm

The New ACC

November 30th, 2012
3:31 pm

While I can certainly understand why the Big 10 would want GA Tech….

1. The Atlanta and general Southern US television market.
2. Acadmics
3. Historic football and basketball programs

I just don’t see that much advantage for GA Tech to move from the ACC to the Big 10. Maryland was in dire financial shape with their entire athletic department – GA Tech’s is fine. Yes, the Big 10 pays out more for now, but the other “super conferences” to include the ACC will quickly catch up.

Ramblnwrek

November 30th, 2012
3:32 pm

I dont know if we would or should go, even if the rumors were true.

First?

Tyrone Biggums

November 30th, 2012
3:33 pm

Georgia Tech possibly sees the ACC falling apart. Big 10 wants more TV markets and will go after 2 of these 3: GT, UVA, UNC. By going to the Big 10, GT ensures they will not be left in the sinking ACC.

Big 10 offers stability, tons of money, and high academics.

Coach Z

November 30th, 2012
3:35 pm

Not the wisest choice, if true. Traveling to the Mid-West will be brutal for our athletics. Granted, with the migration to the South, more fans will be in attendence in Atlanta loosing whatever home field advantage Tech did have. If any, I’d rather see BC go to Big-Ten than Tech. However, football would be very cool to watch, imagine Tech playing in the Big House, or at the Shoe.
Good Luck.

GT Fan

November 30th, 2012
3:35 pm

That is bull crap.

There is way too much smoke to this on twitter today and for at least a month, but especially today, for this “I am not aware of conversations” statement.

Ken, please tell me you don’t actually believe this statement.

This is a very weak denial.

Jacket Man

November 30th, 2012
3:35 pm

Me thinks he protests too much…

Ramblnwrek

November 30th, 2012
3:38 pm

OK, Hypothetical… Assuming GT sees the writing on the wall, and decides to go (and other conferences want GT) what would be better:

B1G: Join Maryland and get some of that B1G network money?

or

Big XII: Join in a coalition with Clemson and FSU and all 3 go to the Big 12. So we keep some rivalry games? I dont know how the money situation would pan out here through.

Rick James

November 30th, 2012
3:39 pm

This will happen..Hopefully after Paul Johnson is gone so Tech wont be a bottom tier team..

Coach Z

November 30th, 2012
3:41 pm

Ramblinwrek, I believe regardless of what Tech does, we will keep playing Clemson and of course, Georgia.

Omar Little

November 30th, 2012
3:41 pm

Doubt Georgia Tech would want to go to the Big 12. Mediocre academic schools in that conference.

tellitlikeitis

November 30th, 2012
3:42 pm

Then why would Griffin tell a flat out lie rather than just noy commenting?

LowndesJacket

November 30th, 2012
3:44 pm

Now all thats left is to beat FSU and and lose to Kent State to send the sinking ship off in epic fashion!

Ramblnwrek

November 30th, 2012
3:45 pm

i am just saying that if we had a choice I dont think a pact with Clemson and FSU would be bad. Keeps some sort of regionalism in tact.

Technically Correct

November 30th, 2012
3:46 pm

Tech is not relevant in Georgia anymore, or haven’t you noticed? Getting more exposure in the BIG 10 footprint could help our recruiting. We are behind almost all SEC, and several ACC, schools in attracting Georgia talent. Maybe a change of conference and a change of scenery would shake things up for the better.

Stinger 1

November 30th, 2012
3:46 pm

Given GT`s present situation with the football program in shambles, I would be surprised that the Big 10 or any other major conference would want them. They are lucky the ACC apparently wants them to stay.

Coach Z

November 30th, 2012
3:47 pm

Sure wouldnt Ramblinwrek, if we did, can you imagine TECH strength of scheule… wow!

JoeFan

November 30th, 2012
3:48 pm

If the rumors are true and this appears to be a weak denial at best by Griffin, especially while acknowledging negotiations would take a place at a higher level than his, then any announcement should be forth coming next week after the ACCCG. Sure looks like someone has leaked the news with all the activity on the social networking sites.

Dog kicker

November 30th, 2012
3:49 pm

Where there is smoke there is fire

The Truth

November 30th, 2012
3:53 pm

I would rather stay in the ACC, but if FSU and Clempson go to the Big 12, the ACC is toast.

Ramblnwrek

November 30th, 2012
3:57 pm

Smoke was that FSU was going to leave last year……and that didn’t happen. So I am not sure. Part of me thinks that its just someone hitting the PANIC button. But the issue is that if you aren’t stable, then you better make sure you get somewhere that is. Dont be the last one standing, when the music stops.

Part of me just wants these supposed “leaders of conferences” to get into a room and figure out the 16 team super conferences and then end all this uncertainty. Create all new conferences, Northern, Southern, Western, Central. This what if stuff is getting old.

Is the Fire getting Hotter?

November 30th, 2012
4:00 pm

Please….the GT “execs” are just keeping this on the down low because we’re about to play for the ACC championship and if we win, they will keep it quiet for longer. If we lose, they will announce it by next week. GT is trying to slavage some sense of professionalism. IMHO

Tate

November 30th, 2012
4:02 pm

Of course he’s going to deny any discussions. What is he supposed to say? “We are heavy in talks, and trying to update everyone’s Delta Skymiles?”

Gator Fan

November 30th, 2012
4:04 pm

I have really nasty breath.

ChrisN

November 30th, 2012
4:05 pm

Why would the Big 10 WANT Georgia Tech? The Atlanta TV market? Please. If Jim Delaney went to the cable companies asking for universal carriage of Big Ten Network in Atlanta because Georgia Tech joined the conference, the cable companies would laugh in his face. Atlanta is owned by the Dawgs, and the Big Ten knows it.

If the Big Ten is coming for anyone in the ACC, it’s UVA and UNC.

Ramblnwrek

November 30th, 2012
4:09 pm

So let me get this straight. If he said “we are not going” then he’s lying, but if he doesn’t say anything then its true. Reminds me of “they can’t post anything on the internet that isn’t true”

“Where did you here that?”

“The internet”

JM

November 30th, 2012
4:10 pm

Not sure why the SEC wouldn’t want FSU, Clemson or Ga Tech.

Ramblnwrek

November 30th, 2012
4:10 pm

Bobby Dodd Jr.

November 30th, 2012
4:13 pm

If Tech and the ACC powers like FSU, Miami, and Clemson want to stop being an afterthought when it comes to football, then they need to start winning. Period. Shut up and stop whining about hearing all the time about SEC. They are on top right now. Want to change that? Beat them!

Moobs Johnson

November 30th, 2012
4:15 pm

Can we get a spot in the Big Ten championship at 6-6?

Smoke & Fire

November 30th, 2012
4:16 pm

And on Friday afternoon, March 25, 2011, GTAA spokesman Wayne Hogan denied that Brian Gregory was going to be the next Tech basketball coach.

The percentage of lying weasels among the top administrators of the GTAA is never to be underestimated.

Honestly

November 30th, 2012
4:17 pm

How many losers does the Big 10 need? Can’t believe they took the last two.

Prometheus

November 30th, 2012
4:18 pm

Don’t know if you give Mr Football any credence, but he said on Dave Glenn show in Raleigh today that Tech would not jump ship, unless some others did first. He then said that the Big12 is happy w/10 teams. And since the BIG10 is not interested in Fl or Clemson because of academics, you nitwits can just suck the smoke you are blowing at each other. ACC is just fine.

E

November 30th, 2012
4:21 pm

ChrisN, the Atlanta TV market is not about ratings, its about exposer. Yes, Atlanta is primarily an SEC market,but to have a BIG 10 in Atlanta will give the conference exposures in a Top 10 TV market. No TV market in Virginia or North Carolina, outside of possibly Charlotte is in the top 50 TV markets. Tech would bring an academic and Atlanta TV market exposer element, nothing else.

allenlaw

November 30th, 2012
4:24 pm

The only natural place for Tech is the SEC. It is where they were and where they need to be. Nothing else makes sense for Tech. If Tech and Clemson joined the SEC, we could move Missouri to the West, have both Tech and Clemson in the East, and the final weekend of the year (Tech-Georgia, Clemson-South Carolina, Alabama-Auburn, LSU-Arkansas, Tennessee-Kentucky, etc.) would be the best weekend of the year.

BartBuzz

November 30th, 2012
4:26 pm

Hard to believe how many comments this dumb rumor drew. Tech isn’t going anywhere.

JoeFan

November 30th, 2012
4:28 pm

Do any of you really believe Griffin would come out the day before the team plays in the ACC Championship and admit the rumor is true? Further the B10 wants Atlanta because of all the transplants here. Atlanta is an international city and couldn’t be further from being a part of the DawgNation.

TWM

November 30th, 2012
4:32 pm

We need a “Public Ivies” conference – perhaps Eastern and Western divisions – that has higher academic standards for student-athletes. Sure, there wouldn’t be many national championships, but integrity is more important. The vast majority of Div 1 football players have no business attending a serious university.

Black Out Pro Combat Dawg

November 30th, 2012
4:35 pm

Bobby Dodd Jr speaks the truth. No need for lame insults and name calling. The ACC just needs to man up. FSU, Miami, VT, Clemson are nationally recognized programs with GT, UNC, and even Virginia not too far behind. If any of these teams could handle their business in big regular season OOC games or bowl games the ACC would gain more respect.

It used to be FSU and the ACC, then VT and the ACC. Now it’s a revolving door of VT/FSU/Clemson/GT winning the conference but falling on their face in the Orange Bowl or other big game. Just win and you’ll have respect. Ask Boise State the past several seasons what winning will do.

BigTenFan

November 30th, 2012
4:36 pm

This may be further along than any of us care to admit. Note that ACC teams, with the pi$$-poor television deal they signed, will not get no more than $17 million a year per team for the next decade and his is with ND’s hodge-podge semi membership. Big Ten teams already get at minimum $24 Million for their television contract alone, and with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the new deal in 2017 with ESPN and the Big Ten Network will net at minimum $35-$40 million per Big Ten school or double what the ACC pays. Academically and athletically that is very significant. Georgia Tech, is at the bottom of the ACC, with Maryland in revenue brought in. Anyone that doesn’t think Atlanta and other portions of Georgia will not get the Big Ten Network on all cable systems with the likes of Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Penn State coming to town or playing GT, are poorly informed, even if Georgia is more popular! Personally, I don’t like all the change and I am not personally too excited about a Michigan and Georgia Tech match-up or worse, Indiana and Georgia Tech match-up, but I would like to remind you that the ACC is the one who started this significant change by first poaching Florida State, then poaching Boston College, Miami (FL), and Virginia Tech, then Syracuse and Pittsburgh, now Louisville. We shall see what happens, but if you like it or not, it is television sets and money that is shaping Big Ten and SEC expansion.

Pope UGA XXIII

November 30th, 2012
4:36 pm

Made this comment a few days ago, but it bears repeating:
Tech will rejoin the S E C the day after Obama becomes a fiscal
conservative. The football program doesn’t draw and the stadium
capacity may be slightly higher than Vanderbilt, but that’s it. Tech
burned too many bridges when they left in 1965.

RiverDawg

November 30th, 2012
4:36 pm

Okay maybe I am just old but I always liked the regionalism of the conferences. GaTech belongs in the ACC or SEC, Texas A&M belongs in the Big 10/12, Boise State belongs in the WAC…..and so on. Too many conferences trying to go coast to coast. And when did the Big 10 obtain better academics than the ACC ? On a like note how have I missed the ACC is a sinking ship, where is the truth to this assertion?

GT Joe

November 30th, 2012
4:39 pm

I, for one, would LOVE to see us in the B1G. B1G is a major upgrade over the ACC in everything but basketball, and even then the ACC isn’t much ahead.

The B1G is a NATIONAL conference, not a regional one like the SEC. National exposure. And the academics are the real deal. We fit there well.

I’m in.

collegeballfan

November 30th, 2012
4:40 pm

Atlanta is the 8 or 9 rated TV market in the nation. The Big 10 would be fools to not try to get a presence in this market.

And as noted by others GT is a member of the AAU as are all Big 10 teams except Nebraska, who were kicked out of the AAU 2 months before their official date as members of the BIg 10.

For GT the reason would be money.

wrecked again

November 30th, 2012
4:40 pm

“The historic football and basketball programs” Football is ancient history . Last top ten finish 1998, last major bowl win 1955.

Buckeye

November 30th, 2012
4:42 pm

We have a presence in this market based on the attention I garner on dog blogs!

Ha!

Rick James

November 30th, 2012
4:43 pm

@Stinger 1
Given GT`s present situation with the football program in shambles, I would be surprised that the Big 10 or any other major conference would want them. They are lucky the ACC apparently wants them to stay.
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GT Joe

November 30th, 2012
4:45 pm

Georgia State doesn’t fit the B1G academically.

killerj

November 30th, 2012
4:45 pm

Possible the SEC would pluck a team or two from the ACC,their only other choice would be Southern Miss but I doubt it,the ACC is very stable with TV contracts in both football and basketball,I see nothing happening with the new teams joining the conference.