It wasn’t a surprise, nor was it a revelation.
California State University Bakersfield and Utah Valley University added to the Western Athletic Conference as non-football members was a long time coming — when conference expansion was first discussed and the WAC was looking to add schools, these two were brought up almost immediately.
Obviously for the WAC it was necessary additions. The league now has a shot at keeping its automatic qualifying bids into NCAA Tournaments.
For a full story on their inclusion, click here.
And, for a list of NCAA AQ requirements for non-football sports, see below:
• Men’s basketball: Requires seven members to retain bid. Will allow WAC two-year waiver period at six schools before league has to reach seven for 2015-16. League currently stands at six, assuming Idaho stays on board.
• Women’s basketball: Requires six members to retain bid, which league currently stands at.
• Volleyball: Requires six members to retain bid, which league currently stands at.
• Baseball: Requires six members to retain bid. Will allow WAC two-year waiver period at five schools before league has to reach six for 2016. Idaho and Denver do not have baseball programs. This year league will have affiliate members CSU Bakersfield and Dallas Baptist (before Dallas Baptist joins Missouri Valley Conference in 2014). The 2014 membership will consist of NMSU, Seattle, CSU Bakersfield (full-time member), Utah Valley and Sacramento State (affiliate member).
• Softball: Requires six members to retain bid. Will allow WAC a two-year waiver period at five schools before league has to get six for 2016. Idaho and Denver do not have softball programs. League would consist of NMSU, CSU Bakersfield, Utah Valley, Seattle. Need to add another for 2014 season to reach NCAA requirements.