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WAC Automaic Bid Will Survive

Posted on: January 16, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2011 1:55 pm
by Jerry Palm

New NCAA legislation that passed this week will ensure that the WAC will retain its automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in basketball.  It was in danger of being stripped after the many defections from the WAC to the Mountain West because of a lack of "continuity of membership."  The new rules that were passed this week relax those restrictions.  A conference must now have at least seven active members that sponsor men's basketball, as well as six that sponsor at least five other men's sports.

The WAC loses Boise State to the Mountain West after this season, and Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii will depart after the 2011-12 season.  The league has already announced the addition of Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Denver (non-football member) for the 2012-13 season, giving it seven members, assuming nobody else defects.

That's not a given, which is why commissioner Karl Benson isn't standing pat.  The San Antonio Express-News reported this week that the league was likely to add more teams from a list of candidates that includes Cal-Davis, Cal Poly, Cal St Bakersfield, Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, Portland State, Sam Houston State, Seattle and Utah Valley State.  Only UL-Lafayette currently plays Division I-A football.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:59 am

WAC Automaic Bid Will Survive

Let me guess, the team that is going to the tournament is Utah State. Another one-and-done appearance? I picked them to upset Texas A&M last tournament because of their 3-point shootings, they didn't even come close.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 3:42 pm

WAC Automaic Bid Will Survive

That is one of the funniest posts I have ever read. Really good stuff.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2011 2:48 pm

WAC Automaic Bid Will Survive

 The Sacramento Bee is also reporting a list of schools that Karl Benson and the WAC has its eye on for future expansion. They include; Abilene Christian College, Sul Ross State, Colorado School of Mines,Grand Canyon College,Prairie View A@M, New Mexico Highlands, Willamette University and Adams State College. The major obstacle for inclusion into this superconference is the travel time to these various institutions.Most of these venues demand at least a 3-day journey and some also require travel by wagon. ESPN's Bob Ley was reportedly
balking at the network's participation as most or all of these towns don't have a Hyatt Regency. The network demands that their announcing teams stay at nothing less than a 4-star hotel.

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