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Updated: WAC now reportedly on MEGA life support (again)

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UPDATED 4/30 @ 7:20 p.m. ET: You never want to say for sure a conference is dead until it is — right, Big 12? — but the WAC seems to be fading from existence on a day-to-day basis.

Not one day after reports surfaced linking two current WAC members — Utah State and San Jose State — to the Mountain West, another future WAC member, Texas State, is also being connected to what is amounting to a mass exodus from the conference.

BobcatReport, a Rivals.com affiliate for TSU, is reporting that the Bobcats, entering the 1-A world this year, will instead make the Sun Belt their permanent home beginning in 2013. The move is said to be a replacement for North Texas, which could make a move to Conference USA.

Hopefully, y’all should know how the realignment news works by now: a lot of “sources”; a lot of “reports.” That’s not to say we have any reason to doubt the fellas at BobcatReport, but when things begin picking up like this, a disclaimer is often needed.

If the report holds true, however, the WAC as we know it is rapidly dissolving and the future of two members — Idaho and New Mexico State — remain very much undetermined.

UPDATED 4/29 @ 9:50 p.m. ET: Highlight. Copy. Paste. The WAC is reportedly on life support once again.

Just days after CBSSports reported (see below) that Conference USA was close to adding UT-San Antonio, a former 1-AA program that is supposed to be headed for the WAC, more reports are surfacing that the Mountain West is also on the verge of plucking more teams from its beleaguered western athletic counterpart.

The San Jose Mercury News and the Salt Lake Tribune report that San Jose State and Utah State are indeed close to joining the Mountain West, with the former article indicating an invite could come for the Spartans this week for the 2013-14 season.

If/when this becomes official, it would be a huge blow to a conference standing on shaky ground. The WAC is already losing Hawaii, Fresno State and Nevada to the MWC and could lose four more members if reports about UTSA, SJSU, USU and Louisiana Tech (to C-USA) come to fruition.

In other words, the WAC could eventually be down to Idaho, New Mexico State and Texas State in the not-too-distant future.

WACBelt, anyone?

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With Conference USA and the Mountain West apparently staying as two separate leagues for the immediate future, the two conferences now must plug the holes left by respective members leaving for the Big East.

C-USA looks like they’re getting the ball rolling in that department.

Brett McMurphy of CBSSports confirmed that UT-San Antonio will join C-USA in 2013, pending approval from the University of Texas System Board of Regents on Wednesday. RowdyReport.com first reported that accepting an invitation to C-USA was on the UT Board of Regents’ agenda.

Conversations between the two sides reportedly began in March.

The Roadrunners, along with fellow former 1-AA member Texas State, were originally planning to join the WAC, which means the beleaguered non- AQ league could now be down yet another member. Additionally, current WAC schools Utah State and San Jose State remain strong candidates to join the Mountain West, with Louisiana Tech as another option for C-USA.

If UTSA does join C-USA instead of the WAC, it would be a situation similar to TCU standing up the Big East for the Big 12. UTSA would not have to pay any exit fee for such a move, only a $2 million entry fee to C-USA (note that TCU did pay an exit fee to the Big East, but did not wait the required 27 months to leave the conference according to the league bylaws).

North Texas and FIU also remain on C-USA’s radar. Earlier this week, UNT gave president Lane Rawlins the authority to look at other conferences and make a move should the opportunity present itself, an important move along the chain of events for a school to join another conference.

There’s no exit fee should one or both of those teams leave the Sun Belt, but each could forfeit approximately $500,000 in revenue sharing.

Given the timetable for entry (2013), I would expect something official regarding all this potential moving and shaking over the next couple months.

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10 Responses to “Updated: WAC now reportedly on MEGA life support (again)”
  1. vegasrobert says: Apr 28, 2012 10:29 AM

    Ha! Andi thought this greedy shat was over. Hope they clean up before fall.

    I AM curious to see TX State on the field. UTSA a little too.

  2. TxGrown says: Apr 28, 2012 11:24 AM

    UTSA will have an awesome venue to play in…the Alamo Dome.

  3. txstatebobcats1868 says: Apr 29, 2012 1:38 AM

    Texas State has been doing renovations to its stadium over the past few years and is currently doubling its previous size right now

  4. txstatebobcats1868 says: Apr 30, 2012 1:41 AM

    Not to mention nUTSAck lost to a division II team last season what do you think is going to happen when they play CUSA teams

  5. coolhorn says: Apr 30, 2012 9:00 AM

    UTSA is potentially a top shelf program, in a great city and in a football-crazy area, that’s just getting its’ football program rolling. There’s an unusually high ceiling for the Roadrunners, thus their attractiveness to C-USA.

    If I’m Texas State, I’d be talking to the Sun Belt conference right now, to see if I can take UNT’s place when they jump to C-USA. That still moves the Bobcats up in class, while not leaving them stuck in a dying conference. The WAC is toast.

  6. sports_dude says: Apr 30, 2012 12:08 PM

    Why are any of these teams considered D1?

  7. fcmlefty1 says: Apr 30, 2012 3:39 PM

    If UTSA does indeed join Conf-USA for 2013, what does it do in 2012? Be a member of the WAC for one season? Seems unlikely that they would be able to do that and avoid exit penalties? Maybe one of you UTSA fans can clarify. Thanks!

  8. fcmlefty1 says: Apr 30, 2012 3:52 PM

    Also, I think its been clear for a while now that one of the conferences was going to go bye-bye once all the dust settled on re-alignment, so none of this really surprises me.

  9. coolhorn says: Apr 30, 2012 11:23 PM

    UTSA and UNT to C-USA and Texas State to the Sun Belt…a nice step up for all three Texas schools and it’s time to take the WAC off of life support. The WAC had an interesting past, but has obviously outlived its’ usefulness. Reference the question above about why these schools are being talked about…there are those of us interested in them, and last time I checked, this is an open forum. Sometimes, you just get tired of always talking about, and hearing about, the big boys.

  10. fcmlefty1 says: May 1, 2012 11:22 AM

    I guess it leaves one question: What will happen to Idaho and New Mexico State? Will the Mt West or Sunbelt take them? Will they go back to FCS? Play as independents?

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