Eroding WAC eyes three new members

November 10, 2010, 7:17 AM HST · Updated November 10, 7:17 AM
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By Fred Guzman

The WAC could have a new look as early as this week, with multiple media reports indicating the impending additions of three new members — Texas-San Antonio, Texas State and Denver.

The additions of Texas-San Antonio and Texas State in most sports plus Denver as a non-football member would give the WAC nine basketball and eight football members for the 2012-13 season.

They would replace Fresno State and Nevada, who are scheduled to leave the WAC in June 2012. Boise State departs this summer.

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So far, six schools have remained committed to the WAC, including the Hawaii. The others: San Jose State, Utah State, New Mexico State, Idaho and Louisiana Tech.

The WAC accelerated expansion plans in an effort to have eight members, the NCAA minimum, for 2012-13, and to answer membership questions heading into the upcoming recruiting period.

The WAC also is awaiting word from Montana. Seattle University also has been under consideration as a non-football member.

UTSA, Texas State and Montana are not members of the Football Bowl Subdivision – previously known as Divison-I-A.

But if the schools address various minimum requirements, including the addition of 22 more football scholarships, they could be qualify for the higher classification for the 2012 football season.

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