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Chicago St. to WAC

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Chicago State University Conference RealignmentIn an attempt to maintain it’s postseason automatic bid, the WAC is continuing it’s raid on the Great West by adding Chicago St. for the 2013 season. The move will give the WAC a total of (7) members. New Mexico St. is still hoping that a future Sun Belt invitation is extended to them, but it appears as if for now, the WAC will have some stability. Each of the current WAC members has it’s ideal conference they hope to be invited to, but the conferences don’t seemed poised to reach out to them:


Utah Valley: Big Sky, Summit

Seattle: WCC

UTPA: Southland

Cal St. Bakersfield: Big West

New Mexico St.: Sun Belt, Southland


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  • Sure. If the Summit lost schools, D2 upgrades and WAC schools would be options. You have Utah Valley, Seattle, in the WAC that could be options if no nearby D2 schools wanted to upgrade.

  • The question is what if the Summitt league gets picked apart? Could the western parts that is left merged with the WAC? Denver, UNO and the likes. And if some MVC schools left? You get the Dakot schools joining in the MVC.

  • Cha5678

    The pecking order has NEC at the bottom

  • Andy

    I understand the WAC is in survival mode and is basically just looking for warm bodies at this point, but Chicago State has to be one of the worst athletic programs in Division I. I would love to see them turn things around and become good, but CSU is horrible. I have no idea why or how they maintain DI status.

    My point being that beside adding another number to the conference, they don’t do anything for the WAC. I doubt they even help from the media market side of things.

  • johnboywalton

    and NJIT stands alone…

  • Nathan Brice

    The last of the Mohicans in the Great West is NJIT. They will probably either join the NEC, MAAC, or America East. The MAAC will likely get teams from the NEC. The NEC will likely get schools from the America East. If the America East has enough members left, it would likely invite NJIT. If not, it would fold. The WAC has to hope that not too much chaos happens in the Summit League. The Horizon League might invite some Summit League members. The Summit League might then look to the WAC for more members. If that happens, the WAC is dead. There are several other conferences that could be vulnerable in this new era of college conferences. The best advice I can give is to invite as many schools as possible before other conferences get them.


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