Texas-Arlington expected to join WAC

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Texas-Arlington is expected to become the next member of the Western Athletic Conference. A vote by the board of the regents for the University of Texas system is scheduled for Thursday. UTA already has announced plans for an afternoon news conference on campus featuring WAC commissioner Karl Benson. The affiliation would start with the 2012-13 school year. The school was a founding member of the Southland Conference in 1963. UTA competes in 14 sports, including basketball and baseball. It does not have a football team, having dropped the sport following the 1985 season, but a push to revive it could get a fresh boost. The WAC is trying to rebuild following the departures of Boise State, Nevada, Hawaii and Fresno State.

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