Florida State Bob Goin is the school's athletic director. His predecessor was listed incorrectly in a chart in yesterday's editions. (Published 9/16/90)

Florida State became the ninth member of the Atlantic Coast Conference yesterday after receiving unanimous approval from its Board of Regents, which hopes to enhance the school's academic reputation while bringing the conference its prowess on the football field.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for Florida State and I'm sure they'll make the most of it," said Charles Reid, the state's university system chancellor. "It's a good fit for the Board of Regents' goal of making student-athletes students first."

According to ACC officials, the Seminoles -- currently in the Metro Conference in all sports except football, in which they are independent -- will begin their ACC affiliation in basketball and baseball in the 1991-92 school year. Although they have football contracts extending well into the decade, they are expected to begin competing in the conference in 1993.

"They think they can be ready by then," said one ACC official. "A lot of their contracts are just verbal agreements and they have escape clauses. . . . I guess they were looking to move into a conference."

The move ends months of deliberations involving Florida State and the ACC, Metro and Southeastern conferences. In August, school officials went to ACC headquarters in Greensboro, N.C., to make a presentation to the league. Further meetings were held this month in Tallahassee, Fla. The ACC made its formal offer Thursday night with Florida State accepting almost immediately.

Florida State had gone through similar proceedings with the SEC, which voted late Thursday not to extend an invitation.

"It's an achievement for Florida State when you consider where we were 15 years ago in regards to this," said university president Bernard Sliger. "If someone would have told me we'd be a likely candidate for a major all-sports conference . . . personally I feel very, very good about what's happened.

"I think it's a terrific opportunity for us in terms of every aspect of athletics, in terms of how they view athletics and how we view athletics. This is the fast lane and we would hope we can keep up."

The ACC consists of Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Duke and Maryland voted against expansion.

"I questioned whether expansion was in the best interests of the ACC," said Duke Athletic Director Tom Butters. "I never had a question about Florida State."

Andy Geiger, Maryland's incoming athletic director, said last week on being named to the position that if the College Football Association "falls apart and there was a free-for-all, the ACC has to be in position to protect itself and find its niche in the football television world. But right now the ACC has a perfect number with eight schools. What could be better than the ACC {basketball} tournament? If you have more than eight schools then you either have to have byes or some early-round games.

"During the regular season you have a perfect round robin, home and away. Expansion would mean tighter schedules and more demands."

According to the ACC official, concern over the future scope of college football prompted the league's initial interest in Florida State, but other factors, such as expansion into Florida and the Seminoles' national football status, also were considered.

"The more we looked at Florida State, the more we became convinced that it was just a natural fit between us," the official said. "They've got a great compliance program and they're on-board with the NCAA reform movement. Obviously they've got a strong football program and even though we don't feel this way, nationally we've always fought the perception of being a weak conference in football."

Florida State is ranked third in this week's Associated Press football poll and has finished in the top three the past three years. Only once in that span did an ACC team finish in the top 10 -- Clemson was ninth in 1988.

The addition of Florida State marks the fourth time ACC membership has changed. There were seven charter members in May 1953 -- Maryland, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Wake Forest. Virginia was added later that year. South Carolina left in 1971 and Georgia Tech came on in 1978.


LOCATION: Tallahassee, Fla.


NICKNAME: Seminoles.

MASCOT: Chief Osceola and Renegade.

FOUNDED: 1857.

SCHOOL COLORS: Garnet and gold.

AFFILIATION: Metro Conference for all sports except football, in which it is an independent.

ACC DATES: Expected to join league for basketball and baseball in 1991-92; for football in 1993.

FOOTBALL STADIUM: Doak S. Campbell Stadium (60,519 capacity); natural turf.

BASKETBALL ARENA: Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center (12,500 capacity).

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: C.W. "Hootie" Ingram.

PRESIDENT: Bernard F. Sliger.