The WAC is Dead, Officially
By Paul Myerberg // Nov 19, 2010
The WAC has been through several incarnations, beginning with the conference’s initial six-team formation — Arizona, Arizona State, B.Y.U., New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming — through its several permutations since, including the most recent nine-team league which takes its last breath at the end of the 2011-12 academic year. The WAC is now dead, dead as a doornail, well beyond resuscitation; completely irrelevant, more so than before, following Hawaii’s decision to join fellow conference brethren like Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State and bolt for the Mountain West.
The WAC, as it stands today: Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State. Not the finest conference in the F.B.S., though it’s certainly not weak. Boise State’s an annual national title contender, for instance; Hawaii and Nevada have been ranked at one point this season — Nevada’s still ranked; Fresno State is a yearly bowl participant; and Louisiana Tech, Idaho and San Jose State have been to at least one bowl over the last three seasons.
Next season’s WAC: Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State. The same group, minus Boise State. That prestige hit is bad enough; the WAC will lack a big-name program, one that grants an otherwise pedestrian conference a platform on the national stage.
The WAC in 2012, when Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada join Boise State in the M.W.C.: Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Utah State, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State. That’s a league that rivals the Sun Belt for mediocrity — it might be worse. It likely is, as no program in that future league could play with Troy, for instance.
It’s the death of the WAC as we know it. The conference goes on life support once Boise departs; once the three remaining power programs leave for greener pastures, this becomes the worst league in major college football.
The U.T.S.A. program has yet to play a down. Texas State is currently in the F.C.S. — and 4-6 on the year, 1-5 in Southland Conference play. My goodness. The five WAC teams who will remain part of the league have combined for a 15-33 mark on the 2010 season; N.M.S.U. and San Jose State are a combined 2-17. This is a disaster.
At least Hawaii granted the program a taste of respectability: the Warriors are 7-3 on the year, 5-1 in the WAC, with that lone conference loss coming to Boise State. U.H. has regained the momentum lost following June Jones’ departure for S.M.U. after the 2007 season; in his final season, if you recall, the Warriors rode a powerful offense to a 12-0 regular season and a B.C.S. berth.
Now, a program like Louisiana Tech, for example, might get lucky, schedule an easy non-conference schedule and roll through the pitiful new WAC in 2012, leading to a 12-0 regular season. In no way, however, would the Bulldogs — in this hypothetical — be a serious B.C.S. contender. Quite simply, this new WAC will be a disgrace.
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