WAC to drop football after season

Monday August 20th, 2012

The Western Athletic Conference, hit hard by conference realignment, will drop football after the upcoming 2012 season, reports The Denver Post's Irv Moss.

"I think that sometime in late July it became apparent that it was unlikely we could continue with football," WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd told Moss. "We looked at every option we could think of. With the geography we have in terms of schools, it presents a challenge."

With schools such as Boise State and Fresno State regularly taking down major conference foes, the WAC was viewed as a capable league. But the conference's best teams have left over the past few seasons.

Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada have already left the WAC, and San Jose State, Utah State, Louisiana Tech and Texas-San Antonio will leave after this year, Moss reported. The league's survival as a non-football conference is still in question. Moss reports the WAC needs to add two or three new members to reach the NCAA minimum of seven schools for next season. The search could be easier without football but other variables -- such as financial stability -- remain.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.