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Wednesday Conference Realignment: WVU, Louisville News, WAC Plans

Oct
26
2011
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Category: Big 12 Expansion & Realignment, Featured News, NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment, WAC Expansion & Realignment

* Top of the list is the latest with the “will they/won’t they” romance between the Big 12 and WVU. It appeared just yesterday that the Big 12 had popped the big question with WVU giving a happy and tearful “yes”…and all that was left was to get the paperwork in order.

* But now, various outlets including Pete Thamel of the New York Times are reporting that Louisville has gotten some political pressure placed on the Big 12 to invite Louisville instead of WVU. Thamel’s sources are saying it’s now 50/50 between Louisville and WVU for the post-Missouri #10 spot. Both schools need to hope now that the Big 12 opts for 12 schools, inviting both of them along with a 12th like BYU.

* While all eyes are on the Big 12 and Big East, the WAC put out some interesting news as well, saying they plan to add 2 more schools by the the 2013-2014 season.

Much of what the WAC does will depend on how things play out with other conferences. But it seems safe to say that no CUSA, WAC or Sunbelt schools will be included.

That leaves FCS upgrades as the only options.

Lamar likely tops the list since they have made the most strides to join over the past year. The other schools the WAC was interested in have showed less interest. Montana remains at the top of the wishlist, but has so far declined the upgrade invitation. Montana St. is a school that many assume would need to upgrade as well for Montana to make a move. Portland St., Sacramento St., Cal – Poly, and UC-Davis are the other schools the WAC had shown some level of interest in from the west. In Texas, in addition to Lamar, Sam Houston St. has been on the radar.

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