The NCAA has ruled that the WAC will be able to keep its automatic NCAA berths into the future, as long as the conference retains its members that currently have no plans to leave. This was done by abolishing the clause that states a conference must keep a core membership of six schools for at least five years.
In that rule's place, the NCAA now requires conferences to have seven active Division I members, all of which sponsor men's basketball, and six that sponsor at least five other sports, including football.
Boise State will be leaving the conference this July, and Nevada and Fresno State will leave in July 2012. The lineup of Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, and Utah State is set to be expanded shortly thereafter with Denver (non-football), Texas-San Antonio, and Texas State.