The West Coast Conference is trying to get in on the conference realignment action with an attempt at securing BYU for non-football membership. The WAC sits currently at six basketball members; it takes eight teams for a conference to gain an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
Here is where the WCC swoops in with an offer to the Cougars:
WCC commissioner Jamie Zaninovich told ESPN.com early Wednesday the league would be interested in pursuing BYU for all sports except football. Zaninovich said BYU would fit well with the other church-based institutions in the eight-team league. Zaninovich told ESPN.com he reached out to BYU but hasn't heard back.
This would certainly boost the basketball prowess of a conference that already has a few good teams in Gonzaga and St. Mary's, and as for BYU, this makes some sense if they are truly going to leave the Mountain West.
UPDATE: Apparently the WAC would still be able to keep their auto-bid status in basketball with only six members.