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WAC commish: it’s ‘unlikely’ conference will sponsor football in ’13

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WAC football still isn’t officially “dead” — although suffice to say it’s headed in that direction — but the outlook for a 2013 season has gone from bleak to pretty much nonexistent.

Commissioner Jeff Hurd said the possibility of a 2013 season for WAC football was “unlikely.”

“I think that sometime in late July it became apparent that it was unlikely we could continue with football,” Hurd told the Denver Post. “We looked at every option we could think of. With the geography we have in terms of schools, it presents a challenge.”

It’s not an official end to WAC football; the conference could re-sponsor the sport in 2014, but that will admittedly be difficult. In order to remain a Division 1 conference at all, the WAC must maintain seven members. Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, and Nevada have already jumped to the Mountain West.

Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, Utah State and UT-San Antonio will compete in the WAC this season. Of those seven remaining members, Texas State is going to the Sun Belt, Louisiana Tech and UTSA are headed to C-USA, and San Jose State and Utah State will join the MWC.

Idaho plans to compete as a Division 1 Independent and New Mexico State’s future is undetermined.

As far as non-automatic qualifier (or mid-major) conferences go in college football, the WAC used to have some credibility. Now, it’s very much on the verge of extinction barring a membership miracle.

(Hat tip: FBSchedules) 

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17 Responses to “WAC commish: it’s ‘unlikely’ conference will sponsor football in ’13”
  1. wustlumdnj says: Aug 20, 2012 9:19 PM

    It’s all about the $$$$$$

  2. raysfan1 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:22 PM

    WAC commish: “Water is likely wet.”

  3. coolhorn says: Aug 21, 2012 7:12 AM

    Anyone who knows the long, and sometimes proud history of the WAC should be sad at the conference’s passing. The WAC has had an interesting history.

  4. dbeehner says: Aug 21, 2012 8:47 AM

    Time for Idaho to move back to the Big Sky Conference.

  5. galvezben says: Aug 21, 2012 9:18 AM

    Waiting for the Idaho/New Mexico Conference TV Network announcement.

  6. timh1955 says: Aug 21, 2012 11:42 AM

    In regards to football the WAC as always been a meaningless conference as is the MWC and now the Big East. No one cares about any of them when it comes to football.

  7. Bo Darville says: Aug 21, 2012 2:38 PM

    This “always meaningless conference” gave us a National Champion in the early 80’s, young man.

  8. timh1955 says: Aug 21, 2012 2:48 PM

    @Bo Darville

    Which conference are you talking about that gave us the NC thirty years ago??

  9. timh1955 says: Aug 21, 2012 2:53 PM

    @Bo Darville

    Lets try to talk about modern day history and the importance of the WAC, MWC and Big East today.

  10. pulpfictionado says: Aug 21, 2012 3:03 PM

    The WAC’s BYU won the 1984 mythical national championship.

  11. timh1955 says: Aug 21, 2012 3:07 PM


    Are you kidding me?? We are talking about a team that won nearly 30 years ago that isn’t even in that conference and hasn’t been for many years nor is it in the MWC which it also left.

  12. mogogo1 says: Aug 21, 2012 5:38 PM

    Ah, Timmy. You brought that on yourself with the “always meaningless” remark. Always is a mighty long time. Best know something prior to the year 2000 if you’re going to use the word.

  13. detroit20iron says: Aug 21, 2012 7:08 PM

    That’s because he became a fan of the SEC in 2005.

  14. timh1955 says: Aug 21, 2012 8:40 PM


    I graduated from Alabama in 1978 and I have been ALL SEC for a lot longer than 2005. In the SEC we don’t have to go back 30 years to say a team in our conference won the NC. We just look at the past six years….all of them!

  15. detroit20iron says: Aug 21, 2012 9:19 PM

    Hahahaha! Cool…

  16. playoff2012 says: Aug 22, 2012 10:55 AM

    Somebody up the line summed it up without a word. $$$$$$, except it should have 3 more $.
    The WAC has done the most with the very little it could get after the PAC-10 was done.
    We need to fix the NCAA Major College Football problems of no respect for the student nor academics, unfairness to the schools and inequality among the Conferences. I blame it all on the the direliction of duty by the NCAA leadership, the greed of the Conference bosses and the cronies at the Bowl Games.
    The Perfect Playoff Plan 16 has a S.A.F.E. Philosophy and a No Patsy Rule for the shame of the SEC, while Reorganizing the FBS into 12 equal strength Conferences with 10 teams each and more at:

  17. playoff2012 says: Aug 22, 2012 11:00 AM

    Shift gears, The Big 12 needs 12 so take in Idaho and New Mexico State for 1 year and see if they can improve recruiting and help in the market share. If not, then out they go…

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