Wild, Wild West: WAC Bringing Back Football

For the first time since 2012, WAC football is back. That would be none other than the Western Athletic Conference, which intends to return as an FCS conference a decade after it ceased operations.

An official announcement is coming Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.

The revamped WAC will feature current members Dixie State and Tarleton, along with current Southland Conference members Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin, per Thamel. Also, Southern Utah will move over from the Big Sky Conference, and several more FCS and Division II programs could be added before spring.

Per reports, the long-term goal of the all-new WAC will be to return to the FBS level. The WAC once featured programs such as BYU, Utah, Wyoming, San Diego State and Hawaii and Air Force.

“Our primary focus has always been to do what is in the best interest of our university, student-athletes and coaches,” Lamar athletic director Marco Born said. “With that being stated, we must always keep every avenue open to possibilities of improving our brand.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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