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UTSA next to bail on the WAC

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Texas State has already jumped ship from the sinking WAC* to the Sun Belt. Now, and as expected, another future WAC member is doing the same.

UT-San Antonio, which just moved up to 1-A for football and is set to compete in the WAC this season, will instead make its permanent home — or, as permanent as conference realignment will allow — in Conference USA. The Associated Press reports that the University of Texas System regents have approved UTSA’s move to Conference USA beginning in 2013.

Additionally, the school has announced a press conference for 10:30 a.m. (CT) Friday morning for a “major athletics announcement.”

UTSA would not pay any exit fees to the WAC, but rather a $2 million entry fee to C-USA.

Charlotte, another 1-AA football program, is also expected to announce their invitation to C-USA on Friday, as is North Texas and FIU. Louisiana Tech has also been connected to C-USA, but is yet to make any official announcement on the matter.

(*If you want to get a good feeling as to what New Mexico and Idaho must be feeling, read this. It’s an open letter from NMSU’s president. And. It. Is. Bleak.) 

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6 Responses to “UTSA next to bail on the WAC”
  1. seanmmartin says: May 3, 2012 5:31 PM

    Old Dominion in talks of jumping to CUSA too…

    Jesus, CFB will look so different in five years.

  2. drummerhoff says: May 3, 2012 6:12 PM

    Can someone editorialize what this really means?

    why is NMST & Idaho’s future’s bleak but 1AA programs moving up to join 1A conferences?

  3. intergalacticbronco says: May 3, 2012 7:12 PM

    @drummerhoff

    Can someone editorialize what this really means?

    why is NMST & Idaho’s future’s bleak but 1AA programs moving up to join 1A conferences?

    I think it’s a geographical issue. Unfortunately for Idaho and NMST there are just no more FBS conferences in the West to join. Charlotte and UTSA are close to the current footprint of 2 smaller FBS conferences: Sun Belt and C-USA.

    The Mountain West doesn’t want Idaho and NMST and the Pac-12 certainly doesn’t. Their only options are to:

    1) go independent
    2) drop down to FCS

  4. pdcooper08 says: May 3, 2012 10:56 PM

    Dropping down is not a bad idea, as there are several schools who should consider this option. If you can’t afford to be in D-1 and you can’t compete in D-1 why not move down to a level you can do both. Both these schools have never and will never compete in D-1, period.

  5. vandalcowboy says: May 4, 2012 12:02 AM

    I was (one of the few) that was really excited for the new WAC. I’m an Idaho alum living in Texas and my daughter is a student at Texas State. I already have tickets for this fall’s game in San Marcos. I should have known it was too good to last. Now that it has all fallen apart, I would be happy to see Idaho move back to 1AA. They were just starting to emerge as a serious contender at that level when they made the move up. Even a die-hard fan has to admit that it hasn’t gone well.

  6. pdcooper08 says: May 4, 2012 4:31 AM

    Vandalcowboy: I agree with you 100%, sorry things have fallen apart in the WAC. Your right about Idaho, they where once a very solid D-1 AA program before moving up.

    Perhaps ole coach Akey would like to hold on to his job a little longer and win a few Big Sky Championships.

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