Ron DeSantis pledges $1M to potentially sue College Football Playoffs after FSU snub

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'They're actually looking to see if there’s anything they can do.'

Florida’s Governor is ready to spend state money to remedy an injustice experienced by Florida State University.

After the Seminoles were snubbed by the College Football Playoff selection committee, DeSantis suggested that taxpayers could help fund some sort of resolution, though he noted that may not be possible.

During a Monday appearance on the “Ingraham Angle,” Ron DeSantis said he wasn’t sure what could be done, but in the event legal action was possible to get “recourse,” he said the state could provide $1 million to help the cause.

“Florida State earned that spot. Now, people have said, is there anything you can do? They’re actually looking to see if there’s anything they can do. I don’t know if there is any recourse, but I have set aside a million dollars in case there ever is any litigation. I’m not saying that there’s going to be. They are looking at it. I don’t think that this has spoken well for college football. And we’ll see,” DeSantis said during the Fox News hit.

DeSantis noted that FSU was an “undefeated conference champion” of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and “earned that spot.”

The Governor also responded to former President Donald Trump sarcastically blaming “DeSanctimonious” for the Seminoles’ slide out of the top 4 necessary to make the playoffs, calling Trump a “keyboard warrior” and challenging him to debate.

“And you know, Donald Trump wants to blame me. You know, he also said that he also took Disney’s side against us when we stood up for the kids. He also said Cuomo in New York did COVID better than we did, then attacked me for being pro life,” DeSantis said.

These comments are the first offered by the Governor in an interview, following up on a social media post Sunday as the news broke.

Posting to X on Sunday, DeSantis said “what we learned today is that you can go undefeated and win your conference championship game, but the College Football Playoff committee will ignore these results.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Thomas Kaspar

    December 4, 2023 at 9:17 pm

    It’s Monday everyone has already read all that political spam SEO sleaze .

  • Michael K

    December 4, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    For a short guy who tries to be tough, they sure do whine a lot. Wah wah wah.

  • Michael K

    December 4, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    And by the way: who’s $1 million is he spending?

    • MH/Duuuval

      December 4, 2023 at 11:35 pm

      It sure ain’t his rent money.

    • Carol

      December 5, 2023 at 5:53 pm

      Not mine I hope ! Football is a game ! My property are high enough, fix incomes can’t support sports!!! Run for President!! Not football commissioner

  • My Take

    December 4, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    If it is supposed to be straight up win/loss why is there a committee? Undoubtedly because of ties and different strengths of competing teams.
    Is it suspected to be anything else?

  • WHO CARES???

    December 4, 2023 at 11:35 pm


    • My Take

      December 5, 2023 at 1:04 am

      Who cares? is indeed the generally correct response.

  • Mark miller

    December 5, 2023 at 6:19 am

    Glad he is worried about football and not the homeowners insurance problems or the loss of jobs Disney pulled out from. Ron you are a I dot. Whoops I mean idiot.

  • Abram Nicholson

    December 5, 2023 at 6:40 am

    DeSantis is the only jerk worse than both Biden and Trump. He is the reason Florida has the highest per capita death rate from Covid 19 and is supporting anti abortion laws that have been found to cause more women to die in giving birth. Facts. Look them up. Arrogance is his primary virtue.

  • wake up

    December 5, 2023 at 8:13 am

    How can he “set aside a million dollars”? I thought that the Legislature set the budget! As an FSU grad, I am disappointed but seriously a lawsuit is sure to lose. Besides, Floridians have real problems such as increased poverty, water pollution, crime and football is just a game.

    • Janet

      December 6, 2023 at 10:21 pm

      It’s not just a game to these players/schools. It’s a business. I’m an fsu fan, alumni, and tax payer. I would LOVE to see a lawsuit filed in order to hopefully stop this from happening to any other team. If you don’t think this is a serious issue, then maybe you haven’t had the right conversations with ppl!!

  • KathrynA

    December 5, 2023 at 9:09 am

    I feel badly for FSU and feel they deserved this and I’m not even a fan, but to take $1 million of our tax money to appeal this is appalling with all the serious issues we have in Florida from homelessness, people without any health care, hunger, crowded and congested roads, environmental pollution everywhere, is absurd. There are much more important things to address. DeSantis seems to think our tax money is his personal slush fund for his own travel or transporting migrants from other states.

  • Lawlib

    December 5, 2023 at 9:47 am

    Our macho, impetuous “leader” in Tallahassee puts foot in mouth once again!

  • JustBabs

    December 5, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Desantis just keeps on gifting Florida taxpayers’ money to anything he wishes. It was not hyperbole to call those billions budgeted as “Emergency Funds” an actual “Desantis slush fund”. He uses it as his personal and campaign bank account. Aren’t there laws regarding waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer funds?

  • Richard C Russell

    December 5, 2023 at 11:01 am

    Free Shoe U is not a top 4 team, sorry! Do not waste our state’s dollars on them.

  • Dellrie Joy Humphrey

    December 6, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    There is no way the State of Florida should be spending taxpayers money to sue over FSU not being considered for the CFP. This is no way a benefit for the taxpayers. All taxpayers’ money should be spent for the good of the people, not the good of a few. FSU football program has enough money to defend themselves in court if they feel it is that important. If they need a loan from the taxpayers, then they must pay back the loan at the interest rate of the average Florida taxpayer would pay on a personal loan. Or, pay it back at 35% of the total won in the lawsuit.

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