Western Athletic Conference- the One Everyone Seems to Have Forgotten

Colin KearneyContributor ISeptember 19, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 14:  Quarterback Ross Jenkins #11 of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs throws a pass against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 24-16.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Since Hawaii announced earlier this year their intention to leave the Western Athletic Conference for the Mountain West in Football and the West Coast Conference in all other sports, the WAC has scrambled to find enough teams to fill the spots of not only the Hawaii Warriors but also Boise State as well as Fresno State and Nevada, who will leave by the beginning of next season.

The WAC, as of today, has only seven members for next season. Denver, Seattle, Texas State and UTSA are slated to join the conference; however, only UTSA and Texas State have football teams. 

This leaves the WAC one team shy of meeting the eight-team requirement necessary to compete as a conference.

One of two options will/must occur: either the WAC will add another team (presumably from the FCS level) or they will not meet the quota for teams and the remaining teams will have to move elsewhere. 

Utah State, San Jose State, Idaho, Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State should begin to be worried about their future.

If the Big East does survive and tries to pick up Conference-USA members as it did five years ago, it might try to snatch Louisiana Tech, a much more reasonable conference for the Bulldogs, and a possible death nail for the WAC.

The remaining teams could easily be absorbed by either the Mountain West Conference or Sun Bel Conference and eliminate what once was a middle-tier, mid-major conference into obsolescence.