WAC turns away Cal State Bakersfield

WAC turns away Cal State Bakersfield

PARK CITY, Utah — Cal State Bakersfield is still looking for an athletics conference home.

The Roadrunners were among three schools vying for an invitation to the Western Athletic Conference, which is losing such prominent members as Fresno State, Boise State and Nevada to the Mountain West Conference. The University of Hawaii is also leaving the WAC. It will compete in the MWC and the Big West Conference.

The MWC is losing Utah, BYU and TCU to various power conferences.

Utah Valley University, Seattle University and CSUB were all applying to become non-football members, but Eyewitness News sports anchor Greg Kerr said Tuesday that only Seattle University will get an invitation.

Seattle becomes the second non-football school to join the conference and will begin WAC play in 2012, according to the The Salt Lake Tribune. The Seattle market was very appealing to the WAC leadership, Kerr said.

The University of Denver is also joining the WAC as a non-football member.

The WAC's carryovers are Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Utah State, San Jose State and New Mexico State. Previously announced additions are Texas State and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

CSUB hasn't said what its next move is, although athletics director Jeff Konya expressed some interest last week in remaining a Div. I independent.