WAC Commissioner Karl Benson, whose league seems to be under attack from all sides, got in touch with me after reading the blog entry below to assure me that one of those sides is not likely to be the loss of the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
At the very end of that blog entry, I mentioned that the WAC might have to get a rule changed to keep that bid. Benson sent me an e-mail saying that, in fact, some changes are in the works. He described some proposed legislation that would loosen the requirements for having an automatic bid to the tournament. He said the new rules would create a definition of a "multisport conference," and that any league that met that definition and had seven basketball playing memebers would receive an automatic bid. He said the WAC would meet those requirements and that those new standards would be in place, if passed, effective with the 2011-12 season. The vote on the propsed changes is scheduled to take place in January.