By Brian Murphy
LAS VEGAS — The Western Athletic Conference is unlikely to sponsor football in 2013, the league's interim commissioner said Thursday at the WAC's annual football media days.
"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 FBS football, Hurd said, the league needs eight football-playing members. It currently has two — Idaho and New Mexico State — for the 2013 season.
"There simply isn't six of them available," Hurd said.
Idaho and New Mexico State are exploring independence at this point.
"It's much more likely than not that New Mexico State and Idaho will play at independents in 2013," Hurd said.
Idaho coach Robb Akey said independence would be a difficult path for the school and could not be sustained longer than a few years.
"The word is we'll see a lot of realignment in a couple years. Hopefully (independence) wouldn't last much longer than that," he said.
Idaho picked to finish 4th in WAC by media, 5th by coaches
LAS VEGAS — Idaho was picked to finish in the bottom half of the seven-team Western Athletic Conference by media and coaches. The Vandals were chosen fifth by the coaches and fourth by the media in the preseason poll released by the league Thursday as it kicked off its annual football media days.
Defending champion Louisiana Tech topped both polls, receiving six of seven first-place votes in the coaches poll and 25 of 28 first-place votes in the media poll. Utah State, which finished second last season, received the other first-place votes.
Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton and San Jose State defensive lineman Travis Johnson were voted the preseason offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively, by the media.
1. Louisiana Tech (6) 36
2. Utah State (1) 31
3. San Jose State 24
4. New Mexico State 22
5. Idaho 17
6. Texas State 10
7. Texas-San Antonio 7
1. Louisiana Tech (25) 193
2. Utah State (3) 164
3. San Jose State 130
4. Idaho 102
5. New Mexico State 95
6. Texas State 57
7. Texas-San Antonio 43