The WAC has learned one thing by the repeated Mountain West raids on its membership: If you’re going to go for new teams, make sure you aim for those in a conference weaker than your own. This dramatically limits the WAC’s options, but it has found one team and one league that fit the bill: North Texas, a member of the woeful Sun Belt. The conference also wants to invite TCU as a football-only member, even though the Horned Frogs have made it clear that this is not an option. Oh, and the WAC is still trying to keep Hawaii football, of course.
The official confirmation of the various Texas-based rumors came in a conference call held by Karl Benson to tell everyone that the WAC is not about to die, which is perhaps the surest sign yet that the WAC is about to die.
“This is a very strong statement that the WAC is prepared to move forward and do whatever it takes to continue our operations.”
As things stand now, the WAC looks likely to lose its status as a Football Bowl Subdivision Conference, but its teams will remain FBS teams. This means they can go to bowls, and what a line-up the WAC is preparing for those who remain.
Regarding the WAC’s bowl tie-ins, Benson said the league has “an understanding” with the Boise-based Humanitarian Bowl for 2013-14. The league has a tie-in with the bowl through the 2012 season. Benson said he envisions a partnership with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco and the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, but likely as secondary partners.
At this point, you have to say that the “Fight Hunger” Bowl is a perfect tie-in for the new Western Athletic (Quasi)Conference.