With some recent discussion regarding UMKCs possible move back to the Summit.....
Got me to thinking what will happen to the lowly WAC? And, what schools are there for the WAC to choose from?
I fear that if the conference looses Kansas City....that Chicago State will feel a bunch of pressure to find a closer home....like the A-Sun, Ohio Valley, Summit?, other?. Mostly because there is even less of a guarantee that the WAC will stay alive. But, maybe Chi State doesn't mind all the travel??
Also, if NMSU....ever gets that full invite to the SBC??? That will all but destroy the WAC, if they haven't replaced some of these schools before that time.
So anyway....who is there to choose from for the WAC?
DI: NJIT, ?
DII: Metro State, ?
I just really don't know about the WAC. I would have figured that they would push hard for another addition....but, there hasn't been anything about new schools that I have heard.
How many members does it take to keep a conference alive? 5? 6?
I don't know if any of the others will find their way to better homes....but, as has been said....Everyone wants out of the WAC.
Pretty sad for a once proud conference.
Like you said Mozilla. The WAC WAS
once a proud conference, which is totally sad and disheartening for true WAC fans. Besides, there had been great sports moments within that conference's past (such as Utah became the 1st school from the WAC to participate in the NCAA Final Four, and ALMOST winning a national championship for the conference, who lost to Kentucky in the 1997-98 season); especially in football to make it one of the best mid-major D-I-A/FBS conferences, and here are such as the following:
a.) when BYU brought the conference's only pure and legal national championship in football back in 1984
b.) when Air Force was on the road to be the 2nd school from that conference to achieve at least a national title game in 1985 (also making back-to-back, conference-wise), which was fell short to lose against then-defending champ & conference mate BYU, but ended in the top 10 within the polls (#5 in Coaches & #8 in AP, with #4 as highest peak before losing to BYU on the road)
c.) when Boise St. became the 2nd team in the BCS era (the 1st was former WAC member & current MW member Utah in the 2004 season) and 3rd from the conference to at least be ranked in the top 10 in the polls, but also the 1st from the conference to participate a BCS bowl game (and winning it, like the 2007 Fiesta Bowl)
d.) when Hawaii became the 2nd team from the conference to participate in a BCS game (despite losing in the 2008 Sugar Bowl, with an impressive unbeaten regular season)
e.) at one point, the WAC champ hosted/participated in the Fiesta Bowl
However, there had been some negatives, such as having an unstable rotation when it became the 1st conference to have at least the maximum of 16 members, which started division play and it lasted for a few years, and eventually losing some of the well-talented football-sponsoring full member schools to the younger and fresher MW (i.e.: Boise St. in 2011, Nevada & Fresno St. in 2012, Hawaii in 2012 for fb-only, Utah St. in 2013); the Sun Belt (Texas St. & UTA in 2013); and C-USA (Louisiana Tech & UTSA in 2013) all due to the 2010's conference realignment (ironically, Denver was the only non-fb member to leave the WAC, only to join the Summit in 2013).
With those being said, I think that MORE than ever the WAC must find replacements and FAST! For instance, some Mountain & Pacific States schools like Metro State (of the D-II RMAC) or UC-San Diego (of the D-II CCAA) or such should fill up. But in case they can't find any schools to replace, then the WAC would certainly be doomed. Besides, the minimum number for an NCAA D-I conference to at least keep an AQ alive for sponsoring all sports is at least 6 (7 with FCS football, and 8 with FBS football), but I'm sure it's 8 for all-sports status in general. And the following possible scenarios might occur if the WAC doesn't put things together (if the return of UMKC to the Summit is officially & successfully confirmed):
a.) NMSU might re-join the Sun Belt as an all-sports member (good travel partner for Texas St. & UTA), or join C-USA (good travel partner for UTEP)
b.) Chicago St. should either re-join the Summit, join the Horizon or re-join the D-I Indy ranks
c.) Utah Valley might join the MW as an Oly sports member (to fill up & neutralize Hawaii's fb-only spot) or join the Big Sky
d.) Cal State-Bakersfield might join the Big West
e.) Grand Canyon might join the D-I Indy ranks
f.) Seattle might re-join the WCC or join the Big Sky
g.) UTPA (soon to be UTRVG) might join the Southland or re-join the Sun Belt or re-join the D-I Indy ranks
So far, those are the only things I could think of, until there's any more scoop with the rumors of UMKC's possible conference shift.