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WAC tries to stay alive

Posted on: November 19, 2010 9:57 am
Edited on: November 20, 2010 8:38 am
 

The Western Athletic Conference will attempt to soldier on despite an apparent death blow Thursday night. Hawaii's reported defection to the Mountain West weakens the WAC but it doesn't kill it, according to WAC commissioner Karl Benson.

Hawaii apparently has a deal to leave the WAC after 32 years -- to play football in the Mountain West and all other sports in the Big West -- according to overnight reports. That would leave the WAC with only seven members in football and eight in basketball beginning in 2012. The WAC's Division I basketball membership would be affected first. Per the NCAA's "continuity-of-membership" clause each basketball conference needs a minimum of six Division I members who have been together at least six years. Beginning in 2012, the year Hawaii reportedly will leave for the Mountain West, the WAC will have only five such members.

However, Benson said pending NCAA legislation will allow the WAC to keep its automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

"We're anticipating the new NCAA legislation that is expected to be adopted in January that eliminates the continuity-of-membership issue," Benson said Friday morning.

Told of Benson's comments, one Division I-A official said, "I can't imagine that that [legislation] would get through."

The league's BCS membership (as a non-automatic qualifier) is unaffected at least through the current television contract that goes through the 2013 season (2014 bowls). The BCS does not require a minimum number of conference members, according to Benson.  Benson said the NCAA requires a minimum of eight conference members but that is only for NCAA governance purposes. The WAC could still compete in football with the seven members. The league would not be listed as Division I-A.

"It [number of members] doesn't matter for this contract," said one person familiar with the BCS process. "It remains to be seen what happens in the next contract."

However, the WAC is not done adding members, Benson said. Montana and Cal-Davis have been mentioned as possible WAC additions.

"Our plan today is to get back to eight football-playing members," Benson said. "That still will be our goal."

The WAC recently added emerging I-AA programs Texas State and Texas-San Antonio. Both begin WAC play in 2012 as I-A members. Denver was added in basketball only. The WAC had to make a move after losing Nevada, Fresno State and Boise State to the Mountain West in the last few months. Hawaii will move to the Mountain West in 2012 giving that conference 11 members.

Benson said his league was in the process of allowing Hawaii to compete in the WAC in football only and putting all its other sports in another conference. Instead, Hawaii went for the Mountain West deal. The MWC is chasing an automatic BCS bid -- at least temporarily in 2012 and 2013. That pursuit was hurt by the loss of Utah to the Pac-10 and BYU going independent.

This is the current membership of the WAC

Boise State
Nevada
Fresno State
Hawaii
Louisiana Tech
Utah State
Idaho
New Mexico State
San Jose State

This is what the WAC membership could look like in 2012 if Hawaii leaves

Denver (basketball only)
Texas State
Texas-San Antonio
San Jose State
Idaho
New Mexico State
Louisiana Tech
Utah State
 

Comments

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2010 2:18 pm
 

WAC tries to stay alive

MWC:
Hawaii Football GONZAGA in all other sports.
Boise State
Fresno State
Sandy Agoe State
Nevada
UNLV

UTAH STATE
Colorado State
Wyoming
Air Force
New Mexico
TCU or another Texas Team, (Houston/UTEP/Texas State/UTSA/SMU/Rice).
what do you all think? Am I crazy.


I like it. However, I don't like the way you spelt San Diego State.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:48 pm
 

WAC tries to stay alive

 The Commish Karl Benson must feel like Hitler in the spring of 1945; hiding in his bunker with the Russians closing in from the east and the Allies crossing thr Rhine. It may be time to accept the inevitable conclusion that your league is nearing extinction and take that cyanide pill.



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:12 pm
 

WAC tries to stay alive

Can't wait for those Texas State - Idaho matches! THat's good football! LOL, the WAC stinks



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 11:41 am
 

WAC tries to stay alive

So the WAC is turning into the Sun Belt conference. Who cares?




Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 10:39 am
 

WAC tries to stay alive

MWC:
Hawaii Football GONZAGA in all other sports.
Boise State
Fresno State
Sandy Agoe State
Nevada
UNLV

UTAH STATE
Colorado State
Wyoming
Air Force
New Mexico
TCU or another Texas Team, (Houston/UTEP/Texas State/UTSA/SMU/Rice).

If WAC fold's this is what happens, NMSU, La Tch, UTSA go to sun Belt or Conference USA. Denver goes WCC. Idaho, Big Sky, San Jose State, Big West in all sports, football in Big Sky.

If WAC Exists, than this happens.  UTSA goes to Sun Belt, La Tech. fills void in Conference USA, Texas State, Utah State to MWC (TSU replaces TCU which leaves for Big East, but will get burned cause MWC will become an AQ, and move on without them.) Montana, Montana State, Portland State, Sacramento State, maybe even Weber State and Idaho State all move up to the WAC Seattle joins in all sports they play, Portland maybe lured but is a very long shot at best, The Big Sky will look like the MAC of the mountian west only in FCS. Idaho Remains San jose State remains giving the 8 or nine teams depending where NMSU is at. They are the wild card. If New Mexico gos to Big Texas conference via politics only, then the MWC may pick them up to replace the Void. NMSU could go to Conf. USA, Sun Belt, FCS, MWC, demphisize sports or stay in the WAC. It will be about the money not about competativeness.

I hope Utah State and Gonzaga/Hawaii joins, I think theyd deserve a BCS Bid. yes Utah State isnt competative in a lot of sports, it will fill an awkward space that is the State of Utah. what do you all think? Am I crazy.


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