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Tarleton State is one of the newest members of the WAC along with Dixie State and both schools have football teams. Is the WAC going to add college football? Just might as expansion talks heat up. Courtesy Toby Rhodes/Tarleton Athletics.

College Football Returning to the WAC? Expansion Talks Heat Up

College football might be returning to the WAC in the next year or two as expansion talks heat up. All indicators are pointing to a major expansion that features five new members to create a Football Championship Subdivision conference. 

Extra Points publisher Matt Brown has been all over the expansion talks. And on Monday, Brown put out a tweet that has created quite a stir. 

On Monday evening, sources confirmed to WAC Hoops Digest that this expansion is indeed in the works. Other sources said that Southern Utah to the WAC is a done deal. There are some issues, however, with the four Texas schools. 

According to sources, the four Texas schools will only join if the WAC has enough teams to have an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. In order for this to happen, the WAC has to find an eighth school that is eligible immediately. As it stands, a WAC football conference would have seven teams with two of those teams, Tarleton State and Dixie State, not eligible for the FCS playoffs. In order for a conference to have an automatic bid, it needs to have six eligible teams. 

So, if the WAC doesn’t have six eligible teams, the Texas schools won’t jump from the Southland, which does have an automatic bid. 

On Tuesday morning, Spectrum News/USA Today writer Chris Kwiecinski tweeted this about Southern Utah. 

This story will be updated when more news comes out.

How Expansion Impacts WAC Hoops

This is simple. It gives the WAC more footing on a national landscape while adding quality teams. Three of those potentially new members sit in the top-200 of KenPom rankings. Stephen F. Austin upset top-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2019. There is more credibility and more opportunity to garner some respect for the WAC. Here is what Las Cruces Sun News reporter Justin Martinez tweeted out on Monday. 

Again, this story will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE

According to Spectrum News/USA Today writer Chris Kwiecinski, Southern Utah has received an official offer to join the WAC. 

“We have received an official invitation from the Western Athletic Conference yesterday,” SUU Athletics said in a written statement to The Spectrum. “We have not made a final decision, but are seriously considering it.”

The big hurdle is ensuring that the WAC will sponsor football. But, it’s official that SUU is in the mix to join the WAC.

UPDATE – Texas Schools Set to Join the WAC

News just keeps coming and this time it is from Shehan Jeyarajah who puts out the tweet below. 

In the article, Jeyarajah has this to say.

“There are still a number of moving parts that need to be worked out. No invitations have been officially accepted at this time, but decisions are expected in the next two weeks. No timeline has been set on when these schools would officially join the conference.”

It is yet to be determined if the WAC will become an FCS conference or a FBS conference. If the WAC does become an FBS conference, New Mexico State could be that eighth member. 

UPDATE – Stephen F. Austin Board of Regents Approves Move to WAC – Dec. 17, 2020

The expansion of the WAC continues to move forward. Caleb Beames reports that the Stephen F. Austin administration recommends a move to the WAC and that the Board of Regents approves the recommendation. 

Again, this story will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

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Kyle McDonald

Love everything about WAC Hoops so decided I wanted to write more about it and cover this amazing conference that just keeps getting better. Follow us on Twitter @wachoopsdigest for information, game analysis and much more.

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