The San Marcos [Texas] Daily Record has reported that the University of Denver will receive an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference sometime within the next 30 days. Also receiving invites, according to the Record, will be Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Seattle. Denver and Seattle currently do not have football programs, Texas-San Antonio will begin play in 2011.
Most figured that the University of Montana was a no-brainer to receive an invite, and they still may, but the school has just brought on a new President and will need more time to analyze any moves.
WAC Commissioner Karl Benson has stated he'd like the conference to get back to having at least eight football-playing members and with the immediate addition of Texas State and UTSA, it would bring the WAC to eight. When Montana finally gets around to declaring itself ready, it would bring that total to a favorable nine.
"It's pretty obvious at this point," WAC Senior Associate Commissioner Jeff Hurd said. "You know who the football playing schools are and you know who the non-football playing schools are. I don't know if you can say it's automatic but if you're looking at a probability, it's pretty high."
Yet according to sources close to the situation - since Montana is in currently in a transition mode - Texas State and UTSA will be invited into the conference for all sports while Denver and Seattle will join for all but football.