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WAC moving on despite possible defections

It appears that the Western Athletic Conference might be going the way of the 8-track player or parachute pants.

Over the weekend, reports surfaced that the league was close to losing several members to rival conferences. UTSA, UT Arlington and Texas State haven’t even officially joined the conference and are already considering moves to another home.

UTSA is reportedly considering an offer to join Conference e USA while UT Arlington and Texas State are reportedly headed to the Sun Belt. All moves would happen in 2013.

Utah State, San Jose State and Louisiana Tech are also apparently in the mix to find new homes in the near future leaving the WAC scrambling to hold together a very fragile league.

On Tuesday, the WAC released a statement saying it plans on fighting on:

“The Western Athletic Conference Board of Directors is well aware of the changing landscape in Division I athletics and has been in discussion about it for the last several weeks,” interim WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd said.

 “Further, it continues to evaluate the impact upon the WAC and is closely engaged in evaluating its membership options.  It will not speculate relative to those options, but it has confidence that the WAC will maintain its more than 50-year history as a preeminent Division I conference.”

Even with my public school education, I can figure out that the WAC is a sinking ship.

The league has already lost Boise State and will lose Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii this season to the Mountain West Conference. Tack on the possible departures of Utah State, San Jose State and Louisiana Tech and that leaves only New Mexico State and Idaho as remaining football members.

Denver and Seattle are joining the league as non-football members this season.

The WAC, which was the first conference to host 16 teams, could possibly be left with two football schools making it highly unlikely it will survive as a football conference in the future.

 

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