Resurrection of the WAC?
I’m not sure how many people still care, but it looks like the WAC will actually survive as some type of a football conference. Scott Bilo of Bilo Football and Power Rated Sports was at WAC media day in Vegas a day early and was able to cozy up with Jeff Hurd and other WAC administrators. Evidently the WAC will be announcing football additions within the next couple of weeks, and Seattle and Denver have considered adding programs. Meanwhile, UT Arlington has laid off plans to restart their football program. Should have known that was all hot steam to give them leverage during conference realignment madness. TAMUCC pulled the same move on the Southland Conference and came out smelling like a rose.
The most likely explanation for the WAC’s sudden additions would be a merger with the Big Sky. Idaho and/or NMSU stop kidding themselves about going independent and move down to FCS. That would put the conference’s membership at Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Weber State, Northern Arizona, Eastern Washington, Sacramento State, Portland State, Northern Colorado, North Dakota, Southern Utah, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (?), UC Davis, Idaho, and New Mexico State. The BIG WAC conference.
Of course normally I would link to Scott’s tweets from last night but evidently Twitter is down right now. Smack dab in the middle of WAC Media Days. This conference just can’t catch a break.
EDIT: According to a series of tweets from Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, it sounds like it’s a core group of southeastern schools trying to save the WAC, not the Big Sky.
A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter