Addressing the SUU comment above, the Big Sky just expanded and didn't
really even consider UVU. This is a great move for UVU, nice to get that
automatic NCAA basketball bid, but the WAC as present is a terrible conference
except possibly in baseball. The Big Sky Conference with SUU and WSU, despite
FCS football, is a much stronger conference.People in Utah might
still be thinking the WAC is similar to what it once was, but it's not even
a shadow of what it once was. Having said that, there is nothing but upside
here for UVU, so congrats!
Does this mean Idaho and NMSU will drop football or will play football in some
other league. Just wondering. Is this the last year for football in the WAC?
Thrilled to see USU in the MWC.
I wonder who the WAC is going to tab in the next 2 years to at least get up to 7
teams. Somewhere I saw something about adding a whole second division to have a
10 or 12 team conference. Will the WAC further raid the Great West? Who are
>>>a two-year grace period granted by the NCAANote, is
not a grace period granted by the NCAA, but part of the rules--it applies
automatically to any conference falling below 7 schools.
There are 6 4-year universities with athletics in California's San Joaquin
Valley. The 8 counties in the valley combine for 3.8 million people; about a
third more people than Utah. As of 2013, the 4 with the largest athletics
budgets will be in conferences with Utah schools. For the third time, USU and
Fresno State will be part of the same conference when USU joins the MWC a year
after Fresno State. In Stockton, at the north end of the valley, is the
University of the Pacific (a former conference rival to USU), which joined the
WCC this year and is thus a conference rival for BYU. The third largest
athletics budget in the San Joaquin Valley belongs to CSU-Bakersfield, which
joins with UVU as new members of the WAC. The fourth is Fresno Pacific
University which is transitioning to NCAA Division II and joining the Pacific
West, which contains Dixie State for Olympic sports. It is getting to be a
pretty big rivalry between schools in Utah and in the San Joaquin Valley.Congratulations to UVU on joining the WAC. I echo Coach Nixon's
words today--it is about time.
UVU can thank Fresno St. and Nevada for the implosion of the WAC as formerly
Wiley Old School and Brave Sir Robin,I'm sure Utah fans are so
proud to be able to count you two as part of their fan base. Proving Max Hall
right one comment at a time!
Did you read the article? WAC of the future WILL NOT have football on any level.
It will be olympic sports only and UVU could win it and win it often!
Remember two years ago when BYU tried to join the WAC and failed?UVU: Achieving what BYU has been failing at since 2012.
Wow! Utah County will now have two schools in the WAC!
Reasons why SUU is not even a figment of an option for the 2013 and beyond non
FBS WAC. 1) SUU has football. 2) They are already very comfortable
in the Big Sky.
Add SUU too, why not?