By Brian Murphy
WAC commissioner Karl Benson and the league's membership committee, comprised of the six athletic directors from the remaining schools, will hear formal presentations from five schools Tuesday in Dallas.
Benson said football-playing schools Texas State, UT-San Antonio and Montana along with non-football-playing schools Seattle and Denver will make presentations to the committee.
"All the schools have expressed interest in the WAC in one shape or form," Benson said. "It's a very, very preliminary meeting between ADs to hear about the plans of the five schools as to where they want to be, what they want and whether a WAC partnership is beneficial to both parties."
Benson reiterated that the WAC will be an eight-team league for the 2011-12 academic year with only Boise State leaving. Fresno State and Nevada have accepted invitations to the Mountain West Conference, though Benson expects them to remain WAC members until July 1, 2012.
Idaho, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State are the current WAC members who have not accepted invitations to another conference.
"All of this is to put a plan in place for what the WAC will look like on July 1, 2012," Benson said, adding the league definitely plans to add at least two football-playing members. "We're either going to be 8, 10 or 12 in 2012 and maybe a combination of football-playing schools and non-football-playing schools."
Benson said no invitations will be extended at Tuesday's meeting. It will be up to the league's presidents to extend membership offers.
"This is simply to gauge whether there's a potential partnership between any of the schools and the WAC," Benson said. "We are not in a sense of urgency. This process may take 30 days or 60 days or 90 days. We want to make sure that once we make decisions that we get it right."
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