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Texas St. & UT-Arlington to Join the Sun Belt Conference

Apr
30
2012
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Category: Featured News, Sun Belt Expansion & Realignment, WAC Expansion & Realignment

Texas State University San Marcos Texas St. & UT Arlington to Join the Sun Belt ConferenceAnother day, another WAC football school gone. As has been the story for the past week, the WAC will lose yet another football member, Texas St. and will also lose UT-Arlington, a non-football member of the WAC, added just a few months ago.

Following what appears to be the trend started by UTSA (to CUSA), Utah St. and San Jose St. (to Mountain West) and likely Louisiana Tech to CUSA, Texas St. will flee as well.

Texas St. will likely be the replacement for North Texas, which is also expected to join CUSA. UT-Arlington allows the conference to remain in the Dallas market with the North Texas loss.

University of Texas Arlington Texas St. & UT Arlington to Join the Sun Belt Conference

The WAC will now be left with only New Mexico St. and Idaho as football sponsoring members. But with all these departures to happen for the 2013 season, it appears this upcoming football season will be the last for the WAC.

But the non-football roster is facing it’s own extinction.

Remaining members will include NMSU, Idaho, Boise St., Denver and Seattle. The conference will likely need to bring in Utah Valley and UTPA just to remain at 7 and bring in an 8th member in CSU-Bakersfield. But with that instability, it is also just as likely that Denver flees for the Summit League. Denver and Seattle would both like to be in the WCC, but that conference has not shown any interest thus far in expanding to 12 following the addition of Pacific. Boise St. was tried for the Big Sky and Big West, but settled on the WAC as it was it’s only non-football option.

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