How Will BYU's Wandering Eye Affect The WAC's Auto-Bid Status?

SBN's Blogging the Bracket examines the possible impact of all the moves BYU could make as it moves toward football independence and basketball who-knows-ness:

1) The member conference must include seven core institutions.

The WAC is covered if BYU joins. If they don't, the conference must expand.

2) For the purposes of this legislation, core refers to an institution that has been an active member of Division I the eight preceding years.

Again, the WAC is in good shape, as BYU, Hawai'i, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, and Utah State are all longtime members of D-I.

3) Further, the continuity-of-membership requirement shall be met only if a minimum of six core institutions have conducted conference competition together in Division I the preceding five years in men's basketball.

Hawai'i, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, and Utah State barely meet this qualification, as they first competed together in the WAC during the 2005-2006 academic year. The 2009-10 season marked five years.

4) Any new member added to a member conference that satisfies these requirements shall be immediately eligible to represent the conference as the automatic qualifier.

Basically, if BYU joins, they're immediately eligible to win the WAC's AQ.

If BYU jumps to the WCC, however, things get dicier in a hurry. Read the rest at Blogging the Bracket.

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