In the ongoing telenovela that is the Mountain West expansion/WAC contraction/WAC re-expansion rigamarole, we've now reached the point where all involved parties have acknowledged their adultery, Hawaii is lugging boxes out of the house and deliberately avoiding eye contact, and the WAC has reached the "bargaining" stage of grief: In between sobs, cutting out Hawaii's eyes in all conference group photos, and stress eating, they've offered the Warriors a football-only membership to keep the family together:
Hawaii and the Mountain West acknowledged Thursday night that they are negotiating to have the Warriors join the league as a football-only member.
The WAC's offer to its longest-serving current member came after athletic directors at Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State voted on a Thursday conference call.
Benson's e-mail also suggests that the Mountain West is still evaluating the impact of adding Hawaii on its television contract and the evaluation could take up to a month.
Our fervent hope, as always, is that this will stretch into the offseason to give us something to write about in March.