DENVER - Despite the uncertainty that currently exists with conference membership across the country, the Western Athletic Conference and its 10 member institutions are committed to its future. WAC commissioner Karl Benson today issued the following statement:
"The WAC Board of Directors and Athletics Directors met yesterday via conference call and confirmed its plan for future expansion of its membership. The plan adopted by the Board in July, 2011 calls for a membership of 12 institutions, including nine that will play the sport of football.
During the past 12 months the WAC has been very aggressive in strengthening and enhancing its membership by adding five institutions for the 2012-13 academic year. These five institutions - University of Denver, Seattle University, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University - will join the following five current WAC members to be a 10-team league: University of Idaho, Louisiana Tech University, New Mexico State University, San Jose State University and Utah State University.
During the next several months, the WAC will focus on securing two additional football playing members and we anticipate that those two institutions would begin play in the WAC for the 2013-14 academic year. While the pool of possible new members are all located in the WAC footprint, we will not identify any of them at this time. Once the current national landscape has settled, we will begin conversations with these institutions.
The WAC will celebrate its 50th anniversary next July, and we fully expect that the history and tradition that the WAC has been known for these past 50 years, will continue well into the future."