REPORT: WAC considering dropping football
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Denver Post reported Tuesday that the Western Athletic Conference is looking into an option that could eliminate football by 2013.
Stuck with the prospect of having just two football playing schools by that time, the Post reported that interim WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd said the conference must figure out within the next few weeks what its course of action will be.
“We definitely have to have our plan for the 2013-14 year in place by the end of the summer,” Hurd told the Post. “In our case, sooner is better than later.”
He told the paper that the league's board of directors have several options are available to consider. Moving forward as a non-football league was one of those options.
Hurd did not offer his own opinion on which option would be selected.
“It's anyone's guess right now. We're actively and aggressively trying to make that determination,” Hurd told the Post. “Conference alignment is a fluid situation across the board. Change and chance on short notice seems like an almost daily occurrence. It's definitely out intent for the conference to continue well after the upcoming season.”
The WAC's membership for the 2012-13 season includes Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State and Texas San-Antonio in football. Denver, Seattle and Texas-Arlington are non-football members.
San Jose State and Utah State leave the conference at the start of the 2013 season for the Mountain West, while Louisiana Tech and Texas-San Antonio are moving to Conference USA. Texas State leaves for the Sun Belt, leaving Idaho and New Mexico State as the lone football-playing programs in the league.
Boise State rejoins the league in 2013 in all sports except football (Big East) and wrestling (Pac-12). The league also has six programs playing sports that those program's leagues do not offer.
Appalachian State is pursuing a bid into a Football Bowl Subdivision conference. The WAC plays FBS football, but does not have a conference member located east of Louisiana.