Wonder if they ever actually extended an invitation to FSU & CU? If so, seriously doubt it was an official invite.
No invitation is ever "official" until the other side has accepted. And no school will accept unless they have an invitation.
What happens in these situations is both sides enter into talks, that are off the table and under the radar, as much as possible. Both sides will come to an understanding about what each will do. School A will know that an "official" invitation will come from conference B as soon as School A publically applies. School A knows that the public application is just a formality. All terms have been agreed to before hand.
This last expansion of the ACC was a text book example of how both schools and conferences want the process to work. Totally off the radar. All terms and understandings had been worked out before. Then the schools announced they were applying for admission to the ACC, and the ACC accepted the invitations before the words left the schools mouths.
Of course, the ACC expansion that brought us into the ACC is also a text book example of expansion. Except it's an example of how not do to it.
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