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North Texas turns down desperate WAC

Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:26 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

These are dark times indeed for the WAC and commissioner Karl Benson , who have seen every step forward they've tried to take in the conference expansion wars followed by a giant step back. They thought they had forged a deal with BYU ; the Mountain West responded by poaching Nevada and Fresno State to push BYU into independence. They invited UT-San Antonio and Texas State to maintain their basic viability as a football league; then Hawaii responds to the two extra trips into the Central Time Zone by taking their ball and -- probably -- joining the MWC , too. 

That maneuver has left the WAC with just seven football schools again, one short of the mandated FBS minimum. The league's profile has sunk to the point where not only is the league looking to poach schools from the Sun Belt , the FBS's weakest, most tradition-deficient conference ... those schools are barely giving the WAC the time of day :
North Texas athletic director Rick Villarreal told WAC commissioner Karl Benson that the school has no interest in joining the league late Monday night, just hours after Benson called to gauge the school’s interest in leaving the Sun Belt Conference.

“I told [Benson] that while we appreciate the interest, the University of North Texas is going to be a member of the Sun Belt Conference and will work to continue building the league,” Villarreal said. “We appreciate the opportunity and wish them luck as they move forward.”
Keep in mind that that it's hardly like UNT is a pillar in the current Sun Belt; the coach-less Mean Green have been one of Division I's sickliest programs since a run of SBC titles in the early aughts. As the Sun Belt's only Texas team, they should theoretically also leap at the chance to forge natural rivalries with UTSA and Texas State, and there's little question that with strong programs like Utah State and New Mexico State around, the WAC would represent a substantial step up in quality for UNT's improving men's hoops team.

And still North Texas barely even considered the WAC's offer before publicly shooting them down. When the Sun Belt isn't just seen as the better option but the definitively better option, for a team that makes some geographical sense for the WAC, Benson has some major, major troubles. If they can't convince slow-moving Montana to make the leap to the FBS sooner than anticipated, the WAC may truly, finally be finished as a conference.



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:40 am

North Texas turns down desperate WAC

Hey, This particular world wide web page has good health, that you really established to operate content management systems ? Wordpress or some other?

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2010 7:40 am

North Texas turns down desperate WAC

If yo're going to play "grammar police," you should make sure you're right first. "Sickliest" is a word.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:25 am

North Texas turns down desperate WAC

The WAC will be fine if it wants to keep going as a conference. I have followed college football for a long time and have seen many teams (especially in the west) make the move up to Division 1A or FBS. I'm not sure why North Texas turned down the WAC, but even with the remaining WAC teams, the WAC still seems stronger than the Sun Belt. It just needs to find the next New Mexico State, Fresno State, Idaho, Nevada, Boise State, etc... to move up from FCS.  

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:18 am

North Texas turns down desperate WAC

Sickliest is not an actual word. I wonder what other words the author will come up with. 

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:39 pm

North Texas turns down desperate WAC

You know, I actually feel bad for New Mexico State.  They tried for years to get into the WAC, and when they finally get there it starts crumbling apart within a few years.  Their football may as well drop down to FCS (haven't been to a bowl in 50 years), but their basketball program needs a good home.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:32 pm

North Texas turns down desperate WAC

Good for North Texas! When I first saw the story that they were invited to the WAC I looked to see who was left after Boise, Nevada and Fresno leave, and noticed what remained was the old Big West Conference that North Texas left 10 years ago. The Sun Belt is defitiely in better shape than what the WAC has become

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:19 pm

North Texas turns down desperate WAC

I really don't understand people like armbreaker.  BSU is not even mentioned in this article and you still have to hate on them.  IMO, people like you are jealous of their success.  You can’t congratulate them on improving their conference next year all you do is spew your hate when it does not concern you.  It seems to me that you don’t like any other team than the so called elites at the top and in the media.  BSU is here this year and I hope next year as well.       

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:08 pm

North Texas turns down desperate WAC

I think they should ask Pee Wee Herman to join.  He would be perfect for a conference named the WAC.....

Since: Jan 30, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:05 pm

North Texas turns down desperate WAC

Hey rocket scientist! Boise St. is leaving the WAC also.  No I am not a Boise St. fan. 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:51 pm

North Texas turns down desperate WAC

Good ridance WAC, the rest of your teams don't belong in the FBS anyway.  Boise and their cupcake schedule can stick it where the sun don't shine.

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