UTSA ACCEPTS INVITATION FROM WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
November, 2010The University of Texas at San Antonio announced Thursday that
it has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
The Roadrunners, who joined Denver and Texas State in accepting invitations,
officially will be a member of the WAC on July 1, 2012.
The announcement was video streamed online at http://goUTSA.com
<http://goUTSA.com> (direct link - http://tinyurl.com/2v2qhvw
<http://tinyurl.com/2v2qhvw> ) beginning at 4 p.m.
³Today is an outstanding day to be a Roadrunner,² President Dr. Ricardo Romo
said. ³We are very excited about this new partnership, which is a great fit
for us and a significant step forward for the University and the entire city
of San Antonio.²
³This is yet another historic day for UTSA,² Athletics Director Lynn Hickey
said. ³We have been working extremely hard for a very long time to reach our
goal of joining an FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) conference and today¹s
invitation is a realization of a lot of hard work by so many different
people. This is another great day for the University and our athletics
department, and everyone is excited to take the next step up.²
³The addition of these three schools clearly sends a message that the WAC
and its member schools are prepared to move forward to build a Œnew¹ WAC,²
Commissioner Karl Benson said. ²As the WAC prepares to begin its next 50
years as an athletics conference, I am confident that these three new
members, along with the six other WAC schools, will continue to compete at
the highest level of the NCAA.²
UTSA competes in 17 intercollegiate sports ‹ baseball, men¹s and women¹s
basketball, men¹s and women¹s cross country, football, men¹s and women¹s
golf, women¹s soccer, softball, men¹s and women¹s tennis, men¹s and women¹s
indoor and outdoor track & field and women¹s volleyball ‹ at the Division I
The Roadrunners currently are a part of the Southland Conference, where they
have been a member since 1991-92. The department has won 48 Southland Team
Championships since joining the league, 22 of which have come since 2000-01.
UTSA also won the 2007-08 Commissioner¹s Cup and it boasts 25 Southland
Student-Athletes of the Year since the league started handing out the award
³The Southland is a great conference and we want to thank its leadership and
member institutions for everything they have done the last 20 years,² Hickey
In its nearly 50 years of existence, the WAC has evolved and it features
some of the nation's best intercollegiate competition. The nation¹s
sixth-oldest conference (founded July 27, 1962) provides its
student-athletes the chance to travel to scenic destinations and gain
exposure in some of the nation's most diverse markets. WAC student-athletes
also have worked to achieve the highest levels of success with the academic
support of their respective institutions.
The league crowns team and individual champions in 19 sports ‹ eight men's
and 11 women's. There are men¹s championships in baseball, basketball, cross
country, football, golf, tennis and indoor and outdoor track & field, while
women compete in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer,
softball, swimming & diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field and
The league has experienced tremendous success during the last 10 years.
It has sent 31 teams to bowl games since 2001, including more than half of
its teams in 2008 (a record-tying five), and the conference has been
represented in Bowl Championship Series bowl games in three of the last four
seasons. In men's basketball, the WAC has sent at least two teams to the
NCAA Tournament in 24 of the past 27 seasons, while the league boasts two
National Champions since 2003. In women's sports, Louisiana Tech basketball
has played in all but three NCAA Tournaments, while Hawai`i made its fourth
trip to the NCAA Volleyball Championship since 2000 a year ago.
Current WAC members include Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai`i, Idaho,
Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State.
Boise State is moving to the Mountain West Conference (MWC) at the
conclusion of the 2010-11 season, while Fresno State and Nevada will join
the Broncos in the MWC one year later.
Former WAC institutions include charter members Arizona, Arizona State, BYU,
New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, as well as Air Force, Colorado State, Rice,
San Diego State, SMU, TCU, Tulsa, UNLV and UTEP.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing higher
education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and
six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution,
UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to
educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global
UTSA serves more than 30,300 students in 65 bachelor¹s, 49 master¹s and 21
doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture, Business,
Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts,
Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, it is an
intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development
catalyst for Texas and beyond.
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