WAC turns to Texas for life after Boise State

DALLAS (AP) — The Western Athletic Conference is turning to Texas to deal with life after Boise State. The WAC said Thursday it was adding the University of Texas-San Antonio and Texas State to a football lineup that will lose the BCS-busting Broncos next year and key members Fresno State and Nevada in 2012. The Texas schools and the University of Denver, which doesn’t have football, will join the WAC in 2012. The current expansion plan gives the WAC eight football members. “The addition of these three schools clearly sends a message that the WAC and its member schools are prepared to move forward to build a new WAC,” Commissioner Karl Benson said. UTSA is starting a football program that will begin play next year under former Miami coach Larry Coker, who won the 2001 BCS national championship. The Roadrunners compete in the Southland Conference in nine other sports, including men’s and women’s basketball. Texas State started playing football in 1904 and won consecutive Division II national championships in 1981-82. The Bobcats made the move to FCS two years later. While they are 1-4 in the Southland this year, they’ve reached the FCS playoffs twice since 2005. Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada are headed to the Mountain West Conference, which is losing Utah and BYU after this season. Utah is joining the Pac-10, and BYU is going independent in football. The WAC was interested in adding Montana, but the school said Thursday it was staying in the FCS as a member of the Big Sky Conference. School President Royce Engstrom said the FCS, in which playoffs determine the champion, “provides our student-athletes and fans with a great experience.”

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