Though it's certainly on life support, the WAC may not be dead after all. The Sun Belt's reported decision to close its doors and stop accepting new members means the WAC now has an opening to draw schools looking for a new home. Whether it's able to capitalize or make the moves necessary to stay alive, however, is a different question.
According to Karl Benson, former WAC and current Sun Belt commissioner, a quartet of schools are knocking on the WAC's door to explore membership.
Sun Belt commish Karl Benson said Jax St, Ga Southern, Liberty, App St looked into joining Sun Belt and now will explore WAC fb membership— Jeff Caves (@JeffCaves) May 24, 2012
There are still many hurdles for the WAC, despite Benson's comments about four schools taking a look at the conference. Simply put, it needs to replace a large amount of institutions following a mass exodus, and will still come out of this significantly weakened. For Idaho and New Mexico State, though, the WAC may be the only option on the table, and its survival is key to their own futures.