July 9, 2011

Texas-Arlington set to join the WAC

Late last night, word started spreading of another piece in the expansion puzzle: the University of Texas at Arlington was invited and is ready to accept an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference.

A lot of the legwork was done by @BobcatReport, a Texas State fan site. They discovered this agenda for the state university system of Texas's board of regents meeting. As you can see on the first page, the last item on the agenda is "U.T. Arlington: Approval of change in athletic conference membership to join the Western Athletic Conference."  The Bobcat Report also confirmed with the Southland Conference, UTA's current home, that the Mavericks will be joining the WAC.

One caveat: UTA has not played football since 1985. Karl Benson's assumed plan is to reach nine football-playing members, and 12 members total. The current move brings the WAC to ten total members, seven of which play football.

Football-Playing Members
Non-Football Members
Louisiana Tech
New Mexico State
San Jose State

Texas State

Utah State

Texas-San Antonio

To fill out the assumed nine-football-twelve-total plan, the WAC simply needs to add two more football-playing schools. Perhaps another Texas invitation in Arlington shows that the WAC may be considering Lamar after all. Or, Benson may still be efforting to bring in California schools like UC-Davis, Cal Poly, or Sacramento State; or, is perhaps still trying to sway Montana and Montana State away from the Big Sky.

If nine-football-twelve-total is the plan, the invitation to UT-Arlington shuts out any further invitations for schools such as Utah Valley and Cal State Bakersfield who also do not play football.


Jon said...

I would think UC Davis and Cal Poly would almost be chomping at the bit to get into the WAC, wouldn't you?

Their football conference is the Great West, which features... those two, Southern Utah (joining the Big Sky next year), North Dakota (joining the Big Sky next year), and South Dakota (joining the Summit League next year)... aka, they have no football conference.

Brett Hein said...

UC Davis and Cal Poly already have in place to move to the Big Sky for football

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