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.)