So much for the immediate dismantling of the WAC. ESPN 1430 in Fresno, California is reporting that the WAC has reached an agreement with the Mountain West Conference regarding the departure of Fresno State and Nevada. Both Fresno state and Nevada had previously announced that they will leave the WAC and joining the MWC and had intended to do so as early as possible. Boise State was already prepared to make their transition and Fresno State and Nevada decided to follow the Broncos, but the WAC said that an agreement was put in place after Boise State made their decision that there would be a penalty fee for leaving the conference early for all remaining members
The WAC previously filed a lawsuit against the Mountain West in order to ensure they held on to Fresno State and Nevada would be forced to uphold their end of the bargain, keeping each in the WAC for the 2011 season. Both schools will pay the WAC a $1 million exit fee, which is lowered from the previously reported $5 million the WAC was requesting.
It should be noted that according to this report the transition only applies to football teams. All other athletic teams may make the switch as early as next year but the football teams will be kept in the WAC until the 2012 season.
As Wyoming blog Cowboy Attitude states, this is bad news for the Mountain West because having Nevada included in their conference would be a boost to their conference’s reputation considering the success of the Wolfpack this season.