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UTPA to go to board Dec. 18 for WAC invite

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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 8:30 pm

In a little less than two weeks, UTPA should get its answer.

The school said Wednesday that it will go before the UT System Board of Regents on Dec. 18 in Austin to find out whether or not it can accept an invite to the Western Athletic Conference.

The Broncs were invited to join the WAC two weeks ago but were unable accept without approval from the board. That is not expected to be a problem, but nonetheless remains a necessary requirement.

An official announcement is expected shortly after the board gives approval, though there is no date for that yet.

The WAC also added fellow Great West Conference member Chicago State on Wednesday as a full member beginning in 2013-14. That puts the conference at seven teams for next season — Idaho, Seattle, New Mexico State, Cal State-Bakersfield, Utah Valley, CSU and Grand Canyon. GCU, as a school transitioning from Division II to Division I, won’t initially count toward the seven schools (or six with a waiver) the WAC needs to have in order to keep its automatic qualification for the NCAA Tournament.

UTPA, if all goes well, would of course get the WAC to seven. It also puts the Broncs in a conference with an AQ for the first time since 1998, when they were kicked out of the Sun Belt Conference for repeated violations of NCAA rules.

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