Big Sky, WAC Discuss Non-Football Alliance

Will an alliance between the Big Sky and the WAC emerge?

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Idaho, New Mexico State Likely To Pursue Independence, Says WAC Commissioner

It was Western Athletic Conference Media Day on Thursday for the football schools, but it might be some time until another one happens. In 2013, the WAC will have just two football schools -- Idaho and New Mexico State -- in the conference due to the recent round of realignment. As a result, Commissioner Jeff Hurd has admitted to a reality we've seen for a while already (via the Idaho Statesman):

"The bottom line, as we sit here today, is I don't believe personally that FBS football is feasible as a conference for 2013," said Jeff Hurd, a longtime conference official who was promoted to interim commissioner in March.

In order to sponsor football the conference would need to find six more schools, either at the FBS or FCS level, to join the conference. That isn't happening any time soon. As a result, Hurd said, Idaho and New Mexico State will likely need to be independents at the FBS level in 2013.

Idaho is reportedly in discussion to move its non-football sports to the Big Sky Conference after earlier speculation had the football program dropping down to the FCS level. Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson announced during Mountain West Media Days that the conference was not looking to expand beyond 10 football members, effectively shutting out both Idaho and New Mexico State.

It's a tough road ahead for both schools.

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Idaho A Target For Big Sky Membership, According To Report

Conference realignment news has died down over the last couple of months, but that doesn't mean it is completely done yet. The Idaho Vandals are currently in the Western Athletic Conference, but after this coming season they and the New Mexico St. Aggies will be the only two members that play football. As a result, they will need to find new conference homes.

For the Vandals, one move that has been discussed is a shift to the Football Championship Subdivision. The Big Sky Conference has apparently talked with the school about making this transition:

Doug Fullerton, the conference commissioner, has been interested in the school for at least a couple of months, making this announcement, which came on the day the school unveiled its new conference logo, not much of a surprise.

The Vandals might certainly compete better in one of the top FCS conferences than trying to find a spot in the lower tier of FBS conferences.

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