by Irv Moss
The WAC is exploring an option that would take the league into a future without football beginning in 2013.
Conference interim commissioner Jeff Hurd stipulated this week the WAC must make a decision on a future course in the next few weeks. Hurd noted that the conference's board of directors has a number of options available for consideration, one of which would be to proceed as a nonfootball league. The conference will play the 2012 season as is, before being ripped apart with defections a year from now.
"We definitely have to have our plan for the 2013-14 year in place by the end of the summer," Hurd said. "In our case, sooner is better than later."
The University of Denver and Seattle are joining the conference for the upcoming year as nonfootball members. The WAC will have an 18-game conference basketball schedule. DU's hockey program will remain in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Hurd said he couldn't offer an opinion about the most likely direction the conference will take beyond the upcoming school year.
"It's anyone's guess right now. We're actively and aggressively trying to make that determination," Hurd said. "Conference alignment is a fluid situation across the board. Change and change on short notice seems like almost a daily occurrence. It's definitely our intent for the conference to continue well after the upcoming season."