Friday, October 5, 2012
Report: California State University Bakersfield will join the Western Athletic Conference
It looks like a big announcement may be coming over at Cal State Bakersfield where officials are expected to announce that the Roadrunners are joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, is reporting today that both CSUB and Utah Valley University will be joining the WAC in the 2013-14 season. The newspaper said the official announcement will come next week.
CSUB Athletic Director Jeff Konya has been courting the WAC for months, trying to find a home for the men's basketball team. Konya could not be reached for comment.
This is important because as a Division 1 Independent, Cal State cannot qualify for post season play. But as a member of the WAC, they could potentially go to the NCAA Tournament. The WAC has been undergoing its own turmoil in recent years with schools leaving.
The newspaper reported: "The new WAC will now be a six-team conference that will include Idaho, New Mexico State, Denver, Seattle, UVU and CSUB. The NCAA requires a conference to have at least seven teams for basketball but in this case the WAC has been granted a two-year exemption to reach seven-team minimum."