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MWC, C-USA Now Looking At All-Sports Merger, Instead Of Football Only
Published December 8, 2011
TO STAY OR TO GO? In Reno, Dan Hinxman notes WAC Commissioner Karl Benson yesterday "asked Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii to reconsider and remain in the WAC," but Nevada is sticking with its move to the MWC. Benson said, "All I did was notify them that if and when the landscape changed, if they wanted to reconsider we would welcome them back." Nevada AD Cary Groth said that she "believes the Mountain West is still the better fit" (RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL, 12/8). In New Mexico, Teddy Feinberg notes the three schools are all expected to join the Mountain West next year, but with Boise State's moving to the Big East, he wonders if any of them could "stick around" in the WAC. Benson said that there would be "no hard feelings toward the schools for their motives to leave, and that if they decided to retain their membership, they would not have to pay a substantial departure fee -- in Fresno State's and Nevada's cases, that would cost them $5 million." Talking about recent realignment announcements, Benson said, "Conference USA took a hit, the Mountain West took a hit. Will there be some potential impact? Yes. Conference USA has interest in a WAC team or two, the Mountain West has interest in [a] WAC team or two" (Las Cruces SUN-NEWS, 12/8).