While the rest of the world sleeps, Hawaii is on the move, reportedly leaving the WAC and taking its football program to the MWC. The rest of Hawaii's athletic programs would move to the Big West Conference, completely cutting ties with the WAC. The reported move would be the latest in a giant game of small-conference survivor that's been happening quietly over the last few months.
How's the relationship between Hawaii and the WAC? At a press conference tonight, President M.R.C Greenwood told the press of the impending decision before informing the conference.
Greenwood: WAC has not been informed of UH's decision to leave; "thought we'd tell our fans first"
The deal still has to be finalized by the conference, but Hawaii was confident enough to hold a press conference championing the invitation and announcing they had entered into final talks with the MWC tonight.
This all began when Boise State switched allegiances from the WAC to the MWC during the summer. The WAC tried to pull a fast one when BYU took its football team independent by providing a landing spot for the rest of the Cougars' athletic program. The MWC struck back, raiding Fresno State and Nevada in a counter-move. At the end of the day, BYU shipped its basketball team and the rest of its athletic programs to the WCC, leaving the WAC standing at the scene of an explosion, wondering what happened.
And you thought the Pac-10, Big Ten and Big 12 were ruthless.
The departure of Hawaii all but assures the WAC is finished. Just days after the conference announced the additions of Texas State, University of Texas-San Antonio and Denver, the WAC will once again be scrambling to replace Hawaii. It's looking more and more like the WAC is on its death bed, due in large part to the actions of MWC commissioner Craig Thompson. For now, the MWC becomes the WAC and the WAC becomes some form of a Division I-AA conference.
For those keeping score at home, here's how the football conferences would look in 2012*.
|New Mexico State||Hawaii|
|San Jose State||Air Force|
|San Diego State|
*List subject to change by the minute. The MWC is ruthless.