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Presidents at both those Atlantic Coast Conference schools said Saturday they have had no contact with the SEC.

“From coach to (athletic director) to president and the board chair (trustees), there has been no discussion,” Florida State University President Eric Barron told the AP in a phone interview during a Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce meeting in Destin, Fla. “I feel quite certain if any of those individuals had any discussions, including me, we would have shared it with each other.”

Clemson University President James Barker Saturday also denied reports that the Tigers are considering a move.

“We are committed to the ACC,” Barker said in a statement. “We have had no contact with the SEC.”

The Tigers have been charter members of the ACC since it was formed in 1953. Florida State joined the ACC on July 1, 1991 after months of courtship by the SEC.

The person said it’s a “zero chance” that Florida State would be the 14th team and that it is highly unlikely it would be any ACC team.

“Our presidents simply don’t want to break up another conference,” the person said. “Remember, Texas A&M reached out to us. You know how many households there are in Texas? 8.9 million. Why would we want to hand that to the Pac 12 or any another conference?”

West Virginia and Missouri have also been mentioned, but the person said Louisville would make more sense.

“The question is what’s the dynamic with Kentucky? Will Kentucky have a problem with it?” the person said. “I doubt Kentucky would have the beef that Georgia does with Georgia Tech or South Carolina does with Clemson.”

Even golfer David Toms, who attended Louisiana State, weighed in on SEC expansion. He said adding A&M would be a great addition to the conference.

“I hope it happens,” Toms said Saturday after his third round at the PGA Championship. “They were one of our rivals when I was in college, and it was a lot of fun.”

Toms’ choice for a 14th team: Virginia Tech.


AP Sports Writers Brett Martel, Mark Long, Pete Iacobelli and Kristie Rieken and AP Writer Brent Kallestad contributed to this report.