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)
Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.
He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.
“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network…
Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.
Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.