WAC Will Need More Than Just James Madison, Jacksonville State To Survive

With the Utah State Aggies and San Jose St. Spartans joining the long list of teams leaving the WAC, the conference is on very unstable ground. Current members are considering independent status or even dropping down from the FBS level, and conference commissioner Jeff Hurd doesn't expect the conference to play football in 2013.

"We don't believe football is feasible for the 2013 season," Hurd said. "We've gone trhough every option and we've gone coast to coast looking for those options."

The WAC's one chance for football survival is to expand to meet the NCAA's conference requirement of eight teams. To do so, the WAC would likely have to dip into the FCS ranks with James Madison and Jacksonville State the latest reported candidates to fill out the WAC's roster.

If the conference is going to expand and survive beyond 2012, it will need to act quickly. The conference has seven teams and is operating with a two-year waiver from the NCAA. If any of the current members were to leave for independent status, it could mark the end of WAC football for good.

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