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It’s official: Texas State snubs WAC for Sun Belt

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It remains to be seen how many more teams officially jump ship from the S.S. WAC, but one of those projected moves became official today.

In a press conference this morning, Texas State announced that they would be joining the Sun Belt — as expected — as an all sports member beginning in 2013. The school made the jump to 1-A football this year and was originally planning to join the WAC.

“Texas State University has worked very hard to be ready for FBS competition and joining the Sun Belt Conference represents a new opportunity for our future,” said Texas State University President Denise Trauth. “The Sun Belt Conference’s record of competitive success over more than 35 years provides a tradition of excellence that we are happy to join. Our students and alumni will bring a very strong fan base that will welcome these new opportunities. Just as Texas State is the rising star of Texas, we believe that the Sun Belt Conference is also on the rise and we are happy to be a part of its future.”

“We are very excited about becoming a member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2013,” said Texas State Athletic Director Larry Teis. “We know that our student-athletes will be eager to succeed in the Sun Belt, and we will enter the conference ready to compete.  We look forward to building new rivalries with some Sun Belt schools and renewing rivalries with others.  The Sun Belt Conference encompasses eight states from Texas to Florida that are rich in college athletic traditions, especially in the sport of FBS football.”

TSU’s announcement is the first official move in what is expected to be a mass exodus by current or future WAC programs. San Jose State and Utah State are reportedly very near/finished with negotiations with the Mountain West; Louisiana Tech and future WAC member UT-San Antonio have been connected to Conference USA.

Hawaii, Fresno State and Nevada are already leaving the WAC for the Mountain West.

If all the moves come to fruition, that would leave the WAC with Idaho and New Mexico State. Idaho could drop down to the 1-AA level and NMSU is now reportedly a target of the Sun Belt, according to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.

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14 Responses to “It’s official: Texas State snubs WAC for Sun Belt”
  1. scoops1 says: May 2, 2012 2:23 PM

    Paul Blake is going to shred those teams

  2. fcmlefty1 says: May 2, 2012 2:29 PM

    As always, my #1 concern is this: How in the heck am I going to make this work for the custom conferences on the NCAA Football video games?

  3. Ben Kercheval says: May 2, 2012 2:42 PM

    “As always, my #1 concern is this: How in the heck am I going to make this work for the custom conferences on the NCAA Football video games?”

    As always ^^^^^^^^ gets the real issues.

  4. txstatebobcats1868 says: May 2, 2012 3:14 PM

    who is paul blake??

  5. stairwayto7 says: May 2, 2012 3:20 PM

    Texas state has a football team?

  6. txstatebobcats1868 says: May 2, 2012 4:09 PM

    ^ yes sir, National Champs ’81 and ’82… DII. lost in fcs semifinals in 2008 the same year the bobcats gave tx atm a run for their money in what was supposed to be an easy win. Our coach is Dennis Franchione, former head coach of TCU(turned program around for before handing over the reigns to gary patterson), Alabama, and Tx A&M. Best recruiting class out of the 2012 WAC conference. May not be one of the “big dogs” but should be a force to recon with in a couple of years in the mid majors.

  7. wvuandsteelers says: May 2, 2012 4:33 PM

    Bringing Georgia State on has made the Sun Belt a real power conference. ;-)

    Idaho is going to drop down? I thought they were at least decent.

  8. frug says: May 2, 2012 5:17 PM

    @wvuandsteelers

    They would have to drop down since they wouldn’t be able to find another conference to take them. The WAC is done as a football conference and the MWC apparently has no interest in them. It has nothing to do with how competent they are on the field.

  9. wledlund says: May 2, 2012 10:13 PM

    Rising star of Texas? Psh..ya right. Have fun losing against the real rising star of Texas next season. Go coogs!

  10. txstatebobcats1868 says: May 3, 2012 12:01 AM

    ^ Our chicks are hotter and our campus is definitely prettier and in a better location. Central Texas/hill country > the ghetto of houston. But I do support some coog football one of my good friends from hs plays on the D line and I usually make 1 game a year. even went and watched the coogs put a hurting on penn st in their bowl game.

  11. cocolovesollie says: May 3, 2012 12:27 AM

    Many FCS teams belong in FBS and vice versa. Texas State and UTSA leave the Southland conference, but SHSU dominated the conference all the way up to the national level .. uummmm

  12. txstatebobcats1868 says: May 3, 2012 12:48 AM

    and Texas State dominated years prior too that we just suffered from a horrible coach we had for a few years before Fran… plus both campus’s are bigger than SHSU with more money/bigger fan bases. although SHSU was also in the WAC’s radar at one point

  13. wledlund says: May 4, 2012 3:02 AM

    “Our chicks are hotter and our campus is definitely prettier and in a better location. Central Texas/hill country > the ghetto of houston.”

    Yes, San Marcos is in the middle of nowehere and has a nice mall….None of that contributes to football, whatsoever. The reality is, the comment in the article suggested that Texas State is the “Rising star of Texas”. While most people commenting here probably have ties to TS, that comment is really stretching it. The party school mentality will always be associated with TSU, as well as nice location, nice looking women, second rate education, and questionable athletic programs. You have to understand, I’m A UH FAN. Now that our program and university are heading for bigger and better things, and since I have always had to defend my school against all the idiot UT and A&M fans, now I get to pick on TS.

    P.S. Bobcats would have fared much better in the WAC

  14. txstatebobcats1868 says: May 7, 2012 12:44 AM

    San Marcos is hardly in the middle of no where… its on hwy 35 in the middle of San Antonio and Austin, one of the fastest growing if not the fastest growing areas in Texas. And for your comment on second rate education, our business school is one of the best in the nation, definitely better than UH’s. Not to mention Uh is known as a commuter school. I would hardly call the big east bigger and better things. Is it better than the sunbelt? yes, but what about when AQ status has been removed and you only have one away conference game thats feasible to make a year(smu) and the rest of your games are on the east coast.
    As for the questionable athletic programs, ask your baseball team how losing 8 out of 9 games to Tx State in the past 3 years feels

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