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FLORIDA STATE MAY DECIDE ON CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK

FLORIDA STATE MAY DECIDE ON CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK

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Florida State University President Bernard Sliger said Saturday the school will probably reach a decision on joining a conference by the middle of the month.

``I would say we are closer to the 15th now than the 30th,' Sliger said.Florida State had been working on a timetable to reach a decision by the end of September.

Sliger reiterated that chances were better than 50-50 the school would join the Atlantic Coast Conference or Southeastern Conference, and he hoped invitations would be forthcoming from both.

``The hard part will be turning one of them down,' Sliger said.

Sliger said Florida State will probably not remain in the Metro Conference where it is now a member in all sports except football. The school competes as an independent in football.

An SEC delegation is scheduled to visit the Florida State campus Tuesday, the same day ACC officials meet in Greensboro to discuss the possibility of extending an invitation to Florida State.

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