UTA expected to join WAC
The Western Atlantic Conference, now without Boise State, Nevada, Hawaii and Fresno State, are looking to rebuild and it appears the University of Texas – Arlington will be the conference’s next member.
The Associated Press reports that a vote will be held among the University of Texas system’s board of regents on Thursday and a press conference will be held on campus later that afternoon involving WAC commissioner Karl Benson.
The news comes at the same time as increased support for bringing back a football program that was disbanded in 1985. All in all, UTA offers 14 sports which include basketball and baseball. UTA is following fellow former Southland Conference members Texas State and UT-San Antonio, reports the Dallas Morning News.
The move would certainly be a boost to the school, moving to the more prestigious WAC. UTA’s basketball and baseball teams have seen some success in the smaller Southland Conference but success in the WAC would be more visible.
“We have had dialogue with the University of Texas at Arlington in the last two weeks about possible membership in joining the WAC,” Benson told the Dallas Morning News. “That’s the only comment I will have on the matter until after the regents meeting Thursday.”