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UTPA Invited to the WAC

Nov
29
2012
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Category: Featured News, Great West Expansion & Realignment, NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment, WAC Expansion & Realignment

University of Texas Pan American UTPA Invited to the WACWith the WAC at 5 members (for now), the conference has reached out to UTPA as a form of life support to keep the conference afloat. Pending Texas board approval, UTPA is expected to join the WAC next season. The expected WAC membership looks to be Seattle, Cal St. Bakersfield, Utah Valley, and New Mexico State. Grand Canyon University will be a conditional member, upgrading from Division 2, with UTPA as the 6th member. New Mexico St. is expected to receive interest from the Sun Belt, which just lost Middle Tennessee St. and Florida Atlantic yesterday. With 8 football members and 2 non-football members (UALR and Texas-Arlington), the Sun Belt is expected to consider either remaining at 8/10 or adding 2 football members from a pool comprised of schools such as New Mexico St., Georgia Southern, Appalachian St., and Idaho.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683393806 David Stroud

    They do not have to start football up at FBS level right away. The schools that want to start football could go the route like South Alabama like Mercer, Stetson and Kennesaw State. West Florida could still be a Sun Belt conference for all other sports now, and start their football in 2015 and be at the FCS level until 20!8 to join SBC with football. Plus, since they completely lost are not in Florida, they need to find a school to join them. I read somewhere after Florida International left for C-USA, Benson said they would like to find Florida school to replace them. The only schools that are in big markets are west Florida, Jacksonville, Stetson, Florida A&M, Tampa U., North Florida and Florida A&M. Now, that is a hard choice to choose from.

    For conference USA to help Marshall out more is to see if they can get a couple of Ohio MAC schools like Ohio U. And Toledo.

  • Andy

    Interesting thoughts, but I seriously doubt Jackson State and/or Florida A&M would leave their current conferences and upgrade to FBS. Those schools are really strapped for money and have very strong ties to the HBC conferences they’re in now.

    USC-Upstate and North Florida do not offer football, and Stetson is starting a FCS non-scholarship football program to play in the Pioneer Football League. Not saying they wouldn’t leave the A-Sun, but just seems a bit of a stretch. West Florida going straight from DII with no football to the DI FBS level is a BIG jump.

    I guess the Sun Belt to downgrade to offer FCS football, but I doubt that is what they want to do. This scenario would put the Sun Belt in the same spot as the WAC … looking for too many schools to upgrade to FBS.

    I’m also not so sure Marshall would want to go back to the MAC. They left that for C-USA.

    Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see how things shake out. Everyone always thinks they have things figured out and then something like Maryland and Rutgers comes up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683393806 David Stroud

    If C-USA loses more schools to the Big East and UTEP bolting to MWC. I suspect that C-USA will not get New Mexico State and Idaho at all. new Mexico State would slip into UTEP’s spot in C-USA and Western Kentucky gets in. I think C-USa suspecting they could lose more schools like UAB, Marshall (MAC), Tulsa, Southern Miss. and UTSA all in large tv markets could go. Delaware, James Madison, Southern Alabama, La.-Monroe, La.-Lafayette and Arkansas State could leave the Sun Belt. Now there was something that was slipped from a tv media news site in Texas that Lamar and Sam Houston State are moving to the SBC for all sports. It is a way for them to keep Texas State from bolting to another conference.

    I think the schools that the Sun Belt will get are from markets on the East instead of the west.
    Appalachian State
    Georgia Southern
    Stetson
    West Florida (adding football in 2015 and broke ground building the stadium)
    North Florida
    Florida A&M
    Central Arkansas (discount that rumor about them moving down to D2. It is the faculty talk that they are taken it out on the sports department because of corruption from the higher ups that had nothing to do with the sports there.)
    Jackson State
    South Carolina-Upstate
    and Jacksonville State

    As for the WAC? I think they could be close in adding Western Washington as well. It would be great to get more schools up to D1 from a large state like Washington, and Western Washington is in a large tv market and that could include Vancouver, British Columbia. I used to lived up there as a kid, and know Belleham and Vancouver are not that far apart.

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