WAC Shrugs, Waits in Expansion Game
Fitting the WAC's lower profile and negotiating strength, Benson acknowledged its members are not in a position to react until more of the future landscape is known. The WAC could potentially be looking to add members in the near future, but like almost everyone else not in the Big 10, Pac 10 or Big 12, is waiting for movement to occur. Thus, what Benson called the Mountain West's "pause" in not inviting the Broncos.
"There's a reason the Mountain West didn't make a move (Monday) and it's because of all the moving parts," he said.
The delay shouldn't be long, however, as Benson spoke most forcefully in declaring, "I expect there will be movement sooner than later." When that happens, the Mountain West could change its stance and re-open its courtship with Boise State. The Broncos are known to have a July 1 deadline in which to leave the conference, but could still depart at a later time -- with undetermined punitive measures placed on them.
As for the WAC's potential future post-Boise, Benson said the conference has already assembled a list of potential members that would be within the conference "footprint," which ranges from Hawaii to Louisiana. Of some intrigue, he said more than five or six FCS schools have been looked at, highlighting the history and success similar schools have had in joining the WAC -- such as Boise State.
Although expansion is all the rage, "ideally, we'd constrict our boundaries; although our vast geography does provide opportunities," Benson added.