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RE: The WAC's Next Move
(02-09-2018 09:39 AM)DavidSt Wrote:  My pick would be Tarleton State could be announced in late April or early May as the next member of the WAC. That would allow them to be eligible for D2 post season. If they are announced today? They would lose the spot. There are several D2 conferences that do not allow schools who announced leaving the conference to participate in the conference post season and all that like several D1 conferences do.

Over the past couple of decades Tarleton has had one of the top D-2 basketball programs in terms of both winning and fan support, so from that perspective I think they would be a good add for the WAC.

However I can’t see it happening unless the conference finds a way to sponsor FCS football. Tarleton just broke ground on a $26.4 million stadium renovation project and once it’s done they’re the ideal candidate to round out the Southland’s membership (currently 11 for football and 13 for Olympic sports). For the WAC to be appealing to Tarleton or any of the top Lone Star schools it has to offer a home for their football programs.
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(02-03-2018 12:38 PM)dancingNMSUaggie Wrote:  Having Olympic sports in the WAC and football only in the Southland makes absolutely no sense. The WAC needs to invite a school Azusa Pacific and they could stick their football in the Pioneer League football only conference with San Diego. That makes more sense.

If APU is ready and willing to make that move I agree it’s a no-brainer for the WAC. That’s far simpler than sponsoring a new FCS league and adding multiple Lone Star move-ups to populate it.

The appeal of the Texas strategy is that it would remove doubts about the WAC’s future viability. There’s safety in numbers. But selling and executing the strategy would be very challenging.
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When considering schools that could join the WAC for Olympic sports and the Pioneer League for football, don’t forget Dixie State. Compared to APU they have a stronger basketball program, with a bigger arena (5,000 seats versus 3,500 seats) and triple the fan base (2,660 average attendance last season versus 865). And they’re expanding their football stadium to seat 10,000 (the same size as APU’s) which would allow them to consider a move up to FCS.

Also Dixie State had a good rivalry going with GCU in the PacWest that would carry over nicely to the WAC. And finally, St. George is a rapidly-growing city that isn’t hard to travel to; the new airport there has daily direct jet flights to and from Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles.
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RE: The WAC's Next Move
(02-10-2018 03:56 PM)HawaiiMongoose Wrote:  
(02-09-2018 09:39 AM)DavidSt Wrote:  My pick would be Tarleton State could be announced in late April or early May as the next member of the WAC. That would allow them to be eligible for D2 post season. If they are announced today? They would lose the spot. There are several D2 conferences that do not allow schools who announced leaving the conference to participate in the conference post season and all that like several D1 conferences do.

Over the past couple of decades Tarleton has had one of the top D-2 basketball programs in terms of both winning and fan support, so from that perspective I think they would be a good add for the WAC.

However I can’t see it happening unless the conference finds a way to sponsor FCS football. Tarleton just broke ground on a $26.4 million stadium renovation project and once it’s done they’re the ideal candidate to round out the Southland’s membership (currently 11 for football and 13 for Olympic sports). For the WAC to be appealing to Tarleton or any of the top Lone Star schools it has to offer a home for their football programs.


Tarleton State would be a travel partner. Remember, UTRGV is in the WAC. If UTRGV, GCU and Utah Valley start football? Then get some more schools like maybe grab to two Big West California schools as football only and Southern Utah as a full member? You would have 7 football members.
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GCU has repeatedly shut down any rumors of any interest in starting football. I wish they would consider starting a program; it’d be a lot of fun! However, they went all in for soccer instead.
02-10-2018 07:52 PM
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(02-10-2018 07:52 PM)Raider_Lope Wrote:  GCU has repeatedly shut down any rumors of any interest in starting football. I wish they would consider starting a program; it’d be a lot of fun! However, they went all in for soccer instead.

I am not a GCU fan, but I would fully support a GCU D II or FCS football team. Might as well be the spark that revitalizes the WAC as a football conference.
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