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Is The WAC An Endangered Species?

With college football expansion quiet for now, could we actually see contraction in that world down the road? Well, Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton, who just signed a five-year agreement with DirecTV Sports Network and the ROOT Sports regional networks, sees something happening to football out west in a few years (via the Salt Lake Tribune):

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"If we look around, we can win this game," he said. "In three or four years, there will be three football playing conferences left in the West — the Pac-12, the Mountain West and us."

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That means bye-bye to the WAC as a football-playing entity. The WAC picks up five teams this summer, but the Denver Pioneers, the Seattle Redhawks and the Texas-Arlington Mavericks do not field football teams. The Texas State Bobcats and the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners do. Boise State's re-entry in 2013 is for all sports except for football. Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada all leave for the Mountain West this summer (Hawaii's non-football teams to the Big West).

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Northern Colorado is a member of the Big Sky.