The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) is an American collegiate athletic conference formed on July 27, 1962 and affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. The WAC covers a broad expanse of the western United States, with member institutions located in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington, along with the "non-western" states of Missouri and Illinois (traditionally associated with the Midwest), as well as Texas (traditionally associated with the Southwest).
Due to most of the conference's football-playing members leaving the WAC for other affiliations, the conference discontinued football as a sponsored sport after the 2012–13 season and left the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A). The WAC thus became the first Division I conference to drop football since the Big West in 2000. The WAC then added men's soccer and became one of the NCAA's eleven Division I non-football conferences.
|Western Athletic Conference|
|Established||July 27, 1962|
|Region||Western United States|
West South Central United States
Midwestern United States
|Commissioner||Jeff Hurd (since 2012)|
The following institutions are the full members of the Western Athletic Conference.
|California Baptist University||Riverside, California||1950||Private||9,157||$41,000,000||Lancers||2018||0|
|California State University, Bakersfield||Bakersfield, California||1965||Public||8,720||$18,000,000||Roadrunners||2013||7|
|Chicago State University||Chicago, Illinois||1867||Public||3,578||$3,000,000||Cougars||2013||0|
|Grand Canyon University||Phoenix, Arizona||1949||Private||19,500||N/A||Antelopes||2013||23|
|University of Missouri–Kansas City||Kansas City, Missouri||1933||Public||16,160||$195,000,000||Kangaroos||2013||16|
|New Mexico State University||Las Cruces, New Mexico||1888||Public||18,497||$214,000,000||Aggies||2005||60|
|Seattle University||Seattle, Washington||1891||Private||7,755||$211,000,000||Redhawks||2012||18|
|University of Texas Rio Grande Valley||Edinburg, Texas||1927||Public||29,045||$77,500,000||Vaqueros||2013||3|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, Utah||1941||Public||33,211||$48,000,000||Wolverines||2013||14|
The WAC has announced one school as a future member:
|Dixie State University||St. George, Utah||1911||Public||9,673||$15,300,000||Trailblazers||2020||RMAC (NCAA D-II)|
The following 10 schools field programs in the WAC for sports not sponsored by their primary conferences.
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Primary Conference||WAC Sport(s)||Joined||WAC
|United States Air Force Academy
|1955||Federal||4,413||Falcons||Mountain West||men's soccer,
|California State University, Sacramento
|Houston Baptist University||Houston||1960||Private||2,567||Huskies||Southland||men's soccer||2013–14||0||N|
|University of Idaho||Moscow, Idaho||1889||Public||12,312||Vandals||Big Sky||women's swimming||2014–15||17|
|University of the Incarnate Word||San Antonio||1881||Private||8,455||Cardinals||Southland||men's soccer||2014–15||0||N|
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas
|1957||Public||29,069||Rebels||Mountain West||men's soccer,
|Northern Arizona University||Flagstaff,
|1899||Public||18,824||Lumberjacks||Big Sky||women's swimming||2004–05||5||N|
|University of Northern Colorado||Greeley,
|San Jose State University||San Jose,
|1857||Public||30,448||Spartans||Mountain West||men's soccer||2013–14||18|
|University of Wyoming||Laramie,
|1886||Public||12,496||Cowboys||Mountain West||men's swimming||2013–14||25|
The WAC has 27 former full members.
|United States Air Force Academy
|Falcons||Colorado Springs, Colorado||1954||Federal||4,413||1980||1999||7||Mountain West|
|University of Arizona||Wildcats||Tucson, Arizona||1885||Public||39,236||1962||1978||18||Pac-12|
|Arizona State University||Sun Devils||Tempe, Arizona||1885||Public||59,794||1962||1978||29||Pac-12|
|Boise State University||Broncos||Boise, Idaho||1932||Public||22,678||2001||2011||33||Mountain West|
|Brigham Young University
Division I FBS Independent
|California State University, Fresno
|Bulldogs||Fresno, California||1911||Public||22,565||1992||2012||78||Mountain West|
|Colorado State University||Rams||Fort Collins, Colorado||1870||Public||28,417||1968||1999||15||Mountain West|
|University of Denver||Pioneers||Denver||1864||Private||11,476||2012||2013||7||Summit|
|University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa||Rainbow Warriors & Rainbow Wahine||Honolulu||1907||Public||20,435||1979||2012||62||Big West|
Mountain West (football only)
|University of Idaho||Vandals||Moscow, Idaho||1889||Public||12,312||2005||2014||17||Big Sky|
|Louisiana Tech University||Bulldogs (men's)
Lady Techsters (women's)
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas
|Rebels||Paradise, Nevada||1957||Public||28,203||1996||1999||2||Mountain West|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Wolf Pack||Reno, Nevada||1874||Public||18,227||2000||2012||22||Mountain West|
|University of New Mexico||Lobos||Albuquerque, New Mexico||1889||Public||35,211||1962||1999||46||Mountain West|
|San Diego State University||Aztecs||San Diego||1897||Public||28,789||1978||1999||20||Mountain West|
|San Jose State University||Spartans||San Jose, California||1857||Public||30,448||1996||2013||18||Mountain West|
|Southern Methodist University
|Mustangs||University Park, Texas||1911||Private||12,000||1996||2005||44||The American|
|Texas Christian University
|Horned Frogs||Fort Worth, Texas||1873||Private||9,725||1996||2001||18||Big 12|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Mavericks||Arlington, Texas||1895||Public||33,439||2012||2013||2||Sun Belt|
|University of Texas at El Paso
|Miners||El Paso, Texas||1914||Public||21,011||1968||2005||58||C-USA|
|University of Texas at San Antonio
|Texas State University||Bobcats||San Marcos, Texas||1899||Public||34,229||2012||2013||3||Sun Belt|
|University of Tulsa||Golden Hurricane||Tulsa, Oklahoma||1894||Private||4,352||1996||2005||14||The American|
|University of Utah||Utes||Salt Lake City||1850||Public||32,388||1962||1999||68||Pac-12|
|Utah State University||Aggies||Logan, Utah||1888||Public||28,796||2005||2013||32||Mountain West|
|University of Wyoming||Cowboys & Cowgirls||Laramie, Wyoming||1866||Public||12,496||1962||1999||24||Mountain West|
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Primary Conference||WAC Sport(s)||Joined||Left|
|Boise State University||Boise, Idaho||1932||Public||22,678||Broncos||Mountain West[fa 1]||gymnastics||1990–91,
|California Polytechnic State University
(Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
|San Luis Obispo,
|California State University, Bakersfield
(Cal State Bakersfield)
|California State University, Fullerton
(Cal State Fullerton)
|1959||Public||38,128||Titans||Big West[fa 2]||gymnastics||2005–06||2010–11|
|California State University, Northridge
(Cal State Northridge)
|California State University, Sacramento
|1947||Public||27,972||Hornets||Big Sky[fa 3]||gymnastics||2005–06||2012–13|
|Dallas Baptist University||Dallas||1898||Private||5,422||Patriots||Heartland
(NCAA Division II)[fa 4][fa 5]
|University of Denver||Denver||1864||Private||11,476||Pioneers||Summit[fa 6]||gymnastics||2011–12||2011–12|
|1873||Private||5,474||Panthers||Great Lakes Valley
(NCAA Division II)
|Grand Canyon University||Phoenix,
|University of Hawaii at Hilo
(NCAA Division II)
|University of North Dakota||Grand Forks,
|1883||Public||15,250||Fighting Hawks||Summit[fa 7]||baseball,
|University of San Diego||San Diego||1949||Private||8,105||Toreros||West Coast[fa 8]||women's
|Southern Utah University||Cedar City,
|1897||Public||8,297||Thunderbirds||Big Sky[fa 1]||gymnastics||1990–91,
Full members Full members (non-football) Other conference Other conference Associate Member
The WAC formed out of a series of talks between Brigham Young University athletic director Eddie Kimball and other university administrators from 1958 to 1961 to form a new athletic conference that would better fit the needs and situations of certain universities which were at the time members of the Border, Skyline, and Pacific Coast Conferences. Potential member universities who were represented at the meetings included BYU, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Arizona State, and Wyoming. While the three Washington and Oregon schools elected to stay in a revamped Pac-8 Conference that replaced the scandal-plagued PCC, the remaining six schools formed the WAC. The Border and Skyline conferences, having each lost three of their stronger members, dissolved at the end of the 1961–62 season. The charter members of the WAC were Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. New Mexico State and Utah State applied for charter membership and were turned down; they would eventually become WAC members 43 years later.
The conference proved to be an almost perfect fit for the six schools from both a competitive and financial standpoint. Arizona and Arizona State, in particular, experienced success in baseball with Arizona garnering the 1963 College World Series (CWS) runner-up trophy and ASU winning the CWS in 1965, 1967, and 1969. Colorado State and Texas-El Paso (UTEP), at that time just renamed from Texas Western College, were accepted in September 1967 (joined in July 1968) to bring membership up to eight.
With massive growth in the state of Arizona, the balance of WAC play in the 1970s became increasingly skewed in favor of the Arizona schools, who won or tied for all but two WAC football titles from 1969 onward. In the summer of 1978, the two schools left the WAC for the Pac-8, which became the Pac-10, and were replaced in the WAC by San Diego State and, one year later, Hawaii. The WAC further expanded by adding Air Force in the summer of 1980. A college football national championship won by Brigham Young in 1984 added to the WAC's reputation as one of the best NCAA Division I conferences. This nine-team line-up of the WAC defined the conference for nearly 15 years.
Fresno State expanded its athletic program in the early 1990s and was granted membership in 1992 as the nationwide trend against major college programs independent of conferences accelerated. The WAC merged with the High Country Athletic Conference, a parallel organization to the WAC for women's athletics, in 1990 to unify both men's and women's athletics under one administrative structure.
In 1996, the WAC expanded again, adding six schools to its ranks for a total of sixteen. Rice, TCU, and SMU joined the league from the Southwest Conference, which had disbanded. Big West Conference members San Jose State and UNLV were also admitted, as well as Tulsa from the Missouri Valley Conference. Also, two WAC members for men's sports at the time, Air Force and Hawaiʻi, brought their women's sports into the WAC. With the expansion, the WAC was divided into two divisions, the Mountain and the Pacific.
To help in organizing schedules and travel for the far-flung league, the members were divided into four quadrants of four teams each, as follows:
|Quadrant 1||Quadrant 2||Quadrant 3||Quadrant 4|
|Fresno State||Air Force||Utah||TCU|
|San Diego State||Colorado State||New Mexico||SMU|
|San Jose State||Wyoming||UTEP||Rice|
Quadrant one was always part of the Pacific Division, and quadrant four was always part of the Mountain Division. Quadrant two was part of the Pacific Division for 1996 and 1997 before switching to the Mountain Division in 1998, while the reverse was true for quadrant three. The scheduled fourth year of the alignment was abandoned after eight schools left to form the Mountain West Conference.
Increasingly, most of the older, pre-1996 members —particularly Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming— felt chagrin at this new arrangement. Additional concerns centered around finances, as the expanded league stretched approximately 3,900 miles (6,300 km) from Hawaiʻi to Oklahoma and covered nine states and four time zones. With such a far-flung league, travel costs became a concern. The presidents of Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming met in 1998 at Denver International Airport and agreed to split off to form a new league. The breakaway group invited old-line WAC schools New Mexico and San Diego State and newcomer UNLV to join them in the new Mountain West Conference, which began competition in 1999.
A USA Today article summed up the reasons behind the split. "With Hawaii and the Texas schools separated by about 3,900 miles and four time zones, travel costs were a tremendous burden for WAC teams. The costs, coupled with lagging revenue and a proposed realignment that would have separated rivals such as Colorado State and Air Force, created unrest among the eight defecting schools."
In 2000, the University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada) of the Big West joined as part of its plan to upgrade its athletic program.
The Big West announced that it would drop football after the 2000 season, but four of its football-playing members (Boise State, Idaho, New Mexico State, and Utah State) were unwilling to drop football. Boise State was invited to join the WAC and promptly departed the Big West, while New Mexico State and Idaho joined the Sun Belt Conference (NMSU as a full member, Idaho as a "football only" member) and Utah State operated as an independent D-IA program. At the same time, Louisiana Tech (LA Tech) ended its independent D-IA status and also accepted an invitation to join the WAC with Boise State.
In 2005, Conference USA sought new members to replenish its ranks after losing members to the Big East, which had lost members to the ACC. Four WAC schools, former SWC schools Rice and SMU, as well as Tulsa and UTEP, joined Conference USA. In response, the WAC added Idaho, New Mexico State, and Utah State – all former Big West schools which left the conference in 2000 along with Boise State when that conference dropped football. The three new schools were all land grant universities, bringing the conference total to five (Nevada and Hawaiʻi).
The decade of the 2010s began with a series of conference realignment moves that would have trickle-down effects throughout Division I football, and profoundly change the membership of the WAC. Boise State decided to move to the Mountain West Conference (MW) for the 2011–12 season, and to replace departing BYU, the MW also recruited WAC members Fresno State and Nevada for 2012–13. WAC commissioner Karl Benson courted several schools to replace those leaving, including the University of Montana, which declined, as well as the University of Denver, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and Texas State University-San Marcos, which all accepted effective 2012–13.
But the resulting eastward shift of the conference's geographic center led Hawaiʻi to reduce travel expenses by becoming a football-only member of the MW and joining the California-based Big West Conference for all other sports. Further invitations were then issued by the WAC to Seattle University and the University of Texas at Arlington. These changes meant that the conference would have 10 members for 2012–13, seven of which sponsored football, and Benson announced that the WAC planned to add two additional football-playing members to begin competition in 2013. A further boost came when Boise State decided to join the Big East in football, and return to the WAC in most other sports, as of the 2013–14 academic year. So by the end of 2011, the WAC seemed to have weathered the latest round of conference changes, and once again reinvented itself for the future.
But from this seemingly strong position, early 2012 brought forth a series of moves that shook the conference to its very core, beginning with Utah State and San Jose State accepting offers to join the MW. Four similar announcements followed with UTSA and Louisiana Tech jumping to Conference USA, plus Texas State and UT Arlington heading to the Sun Belt Conference, all as of 2013–14. Boise State also canceled plans to rejoin the WAC, instead opting to place its non-football sports in the Big West Conference, before eventually deciding to simply remain in the MW. These changes left the WAC's viability as a Division I football conference in grave doubt. The two remaining football-playing members, New Mexico State and Idaho, began making plans to compete in future seasons as FBS Independents; they ultimately spent only the 2013 season as independents, rejoining their one-time football home of the Sun Belt as football-only members in 2014.
In order to rebuild, as well as forestall further defections, the conference was forced to add two schools—Utah Valley University and CSU Bakersfield—which were invited in October 2012 to join the WAC in 2013–14, but this did not prevent two more members from leaving. Denver decided to take most of its athletic teams to The Summit League as of the 2013–14 season, shortly after Idaho opted to return all of its non-football sports to the Big Sky Conference in 2014–15. The conference responded over the next two months by adding Grand Canyon University, Chicago State University, and the University of Texas-Pan American. Then, in February 2013, the WAC announced the University of Missouri–Kansas City would join in the summer of 2013 as well. These changes would put the conference's membership at eight members by 2014 with only one, New Mexico State, having been in the WAC just three years earlier. Due to losing the majority of its football-playing members, the WAC would stop sponsoring the sport after the 2012–13 season, thereby becoming a non-football conference.
In 2013, the University of Texas System announced that Texas–Pan American would merge with the University of Texas at Brownsville; the new institution, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), began operation for the 2015–16 school year. UTRGV inherited UTPA's athletic program and WAC membership.
In November 2017, Cal State Bakersfield announced they would accept an invitation to the Big West. On January 11, 2019, Dixie State University announced their plans to move to their athletics to Division I, and join the WAC starting in the 2020-21 season.
The Western Athletic Conference currently sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Nine schools are currently Associate members in four sports.
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track and field (indoor)|
|Track and field (outdoor)|
Departing member in red.
|Tennis||Track & Field
|Track & Field
|Cal State Bakersfield|
|New Mexico State|
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Western Athletic Conference which are played by WAC schools
Departing member in red; future member in gray.
|Cal State Bakersfield||No||No||No||Pac-12|
|Dixie State||FCS independent[a]||No||No||No|
|New Mexico State||FBS independent||No||No||No|
|Utah Valley||No||No||No||Big 12|
Departing member in red.
|Tennis||Track & Field
|Track & Field
|Cal State Bakersfield|
|New Mexico State|
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Western Athletic Conference which are played by WAC schools
Departing member in red.
|School||Beach Volleyball||Equestrian||Rowing||Water Polo|
|Cal State Bakersfield||Independent||No||No||No[a]|
|New Mexico State||No||Independent||No||No|
The WAC sponsored football from its founding in 1962 through the 2012 season. However, the defection of all but two football-playing schools to other conferences caused the conference to drop sponsorship after fifty-one years.
|New Mexico State||1905||1329–1018–2||.566||18||10–20||Pan American Center||Chris Jans|
|Grand Canyon||2013||103-58||.639||0||0–0||GCU Arena||Dan Majerle|
|Utah Valley||2004 ||234–194||.547||0||0–0||UCCU Center||Mark Pope|
|UTRGV||1968||599-804||.427||0||0–0||UTRGV Fieldhouse||Lew Hill|
Men's basketball rivalries involving WAC teams include:
|Teams||Meetings||Record||Series Leader||Current Streak|
|New Mexico State||New Mexico||208||95–113||New Mexico||New Mexico State Won 2|
|New Mexico State||UTEP||200||102–98||New Mexico State||New Mexico State Won 6|
|New Mexico State||1973||437–406||.518||4||0–4||Pan American Center||Mark Trakh|
|Seattle||1978||–||.||1||0–1||Connolly Center||Joan Bonvicini|
Women's basketball rivalries involving WAC teams include:
|Teams||Meetings||Record||Series Leader||Current Streak|
The WAC has claimed seven NCAA baseball national championships. The most recent WAC national champion is the 2008 Fresno State Bulldogs baseball team.
|Season||Sport||Men's champion||Women's champion|
|Fall 2016||Cross country||UMKC||Utah Valley|
|Soccer||Utah Valley (RS)
|Seattle (RS & P)|
|Volleyball||—||New Mexico State (RS)|
|Winter 2016–17||Indoor Track & Field||Grand Canyon||Grand Canyon|
|Swimming & Diving||Air Force||Northern Arizona|
|Basketball||CSU Bakersfield (RS)
New Mexico State (P)
|New Mexico State (RS & P)|
|Spring 2017||Golf||Seattle||New Mexico State|
|Tennis||New Mexico State (RS)
|Grand Canyon (RS)|
|Softball||—||Grand Canyon (RS) |
New Mexico State (P)
|Outdoor Track & Field||UMKC||UMKC|
Sacramento St (P)
The following teams have won NCAA national championships while being a member of the WAC:
The WAC has also produced one AP national champion in football:
Departing member Cal State Bakersfield in pink; future member Dixie State in gray.
|School||Soccer stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Softball park||Capacity||Baseball park||Capacity|
|Cal State Bakersfield||CSUB Main Soccer Field||2,500||Icardo Center /
|3,800 / 10,000||Roadrunner Softball Complex||500||Hardt Field*||900|
|California Baptist||CBU Soccer Field||N/A||CBU Events Center||5,050||John C. Funk Stadium||500||James W. Totman Stadium||800|
|Chicago State||Kroc Stadium||500||Jones Convocation Center||7,000||
|Dixie State||Trailblazer Stadium||10,000||Burns Arena||4,779||Karl Brooks Field||N/A||Bruce Hurst Field||2,500|
|Grand Canyon||GCU Stadium||2,800 seats
|GCU Arena||7,000||GCU Softball Stadium||300||Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark||1,500|
|UMKC||Durwood Soccer Stadium||850||Municipal Auditorium||9,987||Missouri 3&2 Complex||350||
|New Mexico State||Aggie Soccer Field||1,253||Pan American Center||12,482||NMSU Softball Complex||1,050||Presley Askew Field||1,000|
|Seattle||Championship Field||650||KeyArena||17,072||Logan Field at Seattle University Park||250||Bannerwood Park||700|
|UTRGV||UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex||1,555||UTRGV Fieldhouse||2,500||
|UTRGV Baseball Stadium||4,000|
|Utah Valley||Clyde Field||1,000||UCCU Center||8,500||Wolverine Field||500||UCCU Ballpark||5,000|
|School||Soccer stadium||Capacity||Baseball park||Capacity|
|Air Force||USAFA Soccer Stadium||1,000||Soccer-only member|
|Houston Baptist||Sorrels Field||500||Soccer-only member|
|Incarnate Word||Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium||6,000||Soccer-only member|
|UNLV||Peter Johann Memorial Field||2,500||Soccer-only member|
|Northern Colorado||Baseball-only member||Jackson Field||1,500|
|Sacramento State||Baseball-only member||John Smith Field*||1,200|
|San Jose State||Spartan Soccer Field||500||Soccer-only member|
The WAC awards its Commissioner's Cup to the school that performs the best in each of the conference's 19 men's and women's championships.
Joe Kearney Award
Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Dr. Joseph Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female WAC athlete. The various WAC member institutions Athletics Directors select the male award winner, while the WAC member institutions Senior Women's Administrators choose the female honoree.
Stan Bates Award
The award is named in honor of former WAC Commissioner Stan Bates and honors the WAC's top male and female scholar-athletes, recognizing the recipients’ athletic and academic accomplishments. In addition, the awards carry a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship.
In 2014–15, the WAC initiated a new digital network to give fans high quality streaming internet access to many of its regular season games and postseason championships including volleyball, soccer, swimming and diving, basketball, softball and baseball. 
The arena, which currently has a seating capacity of 12,482, has hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional, several NCAA first round games, state high school basketball tournaments and hundreds of concerts featuring some of the top entertainers in America including George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam and Notorious B.I.G.
The 1964 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1964 college football season. In their sixth season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled a 6–3–1 record (3–1 against WAC opponents), finished in a three-way for the WAC championship, and outscored their opponents, 147 to 76. Team captains were John Briscoe and Larry Fairholm. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.
The team's statistical leaders included Lou White with 419 passing yards, Floyd Hudlow with 402 rushing yards, and Rickie Harris with 391 receiving yards.1964 Utah Utes football team
The 1964 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah during the 1964 college football season. Home games were played on campus in Salt Lake City at Ute Stadium.
Under seventh-year head coach Ray Nagel, the Utes were 8–2 in the regular season and 3–1 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and were co-champions. Led by quarterback Pokey Allen, running back Ron Coleman, and receiver Roy Jefferson, Utah defeated West Virginia 32–6 in the Liberty Bowl, played indoors in New Jersey at the Atlantic City convention center, and finished with a 9–2 record.1966 Wyoming Cowboys football team
The 1966 Wyoming Cowboys football team represented the University of Wyoming in the 1966 college football season. Led by fifth-year head coach Lloyd Eaton, they were members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and played their home games on campus at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
The Cowboys were 10–1, won the first of three consecutive conference titles, outscored their opponents 355 to 89, and had the nation's best rushing defense.Led on offense by senior quarterback Rick Egloff and junior running back Jim Kiick, Wyoming defeated Florida State 24–16 in the Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas; Defensive tackle Ron Billingsley was a first round pick in the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft, the fourteenth overall selection.1967 Wyoming Cowboys football team
The 1967 Wyoming Cowboys football team represented the University of Wyoming in the 1967 college football season. Led by sixth-year head coach Lloyd Eaton, they were members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and played their home games on campus at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
Wyoming won all ten games in the regular season, had the nation's best rushing defense, and was invited to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on New Year's Day. On a fourteen-game winning streak, underdog Wyoming led unranked LSU 13–0 at halftime, but were outscored 20–0 in the second half.
The Cowboys outscored their opponents 289 to 119; they were led on offense by quarterback Paul Toscano and running back Jim Kiick.1968 Wyoming Cowboys football team
The 1968 Wyoming Cowboys football team represented the University of Wyoming in the 1968 college football season. Led by seventh-year head coach Lloyd Eaton, they were members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and played their home games on campus at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
The Cowboys had a record of 7–3, won a third consecutive WAC title, and outscored their opponents 242 to 118.1969 Arizona State Sun Devils football team
The 1969 Arizona State Sun Devils football team was an American football team that represented Arizona State University in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1969 college football season. In their 12th season under head coach Frank Kush, the Sun Devils compiled an 8–2 record (6–1 against WAC opponents), won the WAC championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 383 to 179.The team's statistical leaders included Joe Spagnola with 1,488 passing yards, Dave Buchanan with 908 rushing yards, and Calvin Demery with 816 receiving yards.1974 BYU Cougars football team
The 1974 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University during the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. The Cougars were led by third-year head coach LaVell Edwards and played their home games at Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah. The team competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, winning the conference for the first time since 1965 with an undefeated conference record of 6–0–1. BYU was invited to the 1974 Fiesta Bowl, where they lost to Oklahoma State.1977 Arizona State Sun Devils football team
The 1977 Arizona State Sun Devils football team represented Arizona State University during the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. This was Arizona State's final season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).1985 BYU Cougars football team
The 1985 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Cougars were led by 14th-year head coach LaVell Edwards and played their home games at Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah. The team competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, winning a share of their 10th consecutive conference title with a conference record of 7–1, sharing the title with Air Force. BYU was invited to the 1985 Florida Citrus Bowl, where they lost to Ohio State. The Cougars were ranked 16th in the final AP Poll with an overall record of 11–3.1987 Wyoming Cowboys football team
The 1987 Wyoming Cowboys football team represented the University of Wyoming in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Cowboys' 92nd season and they competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The team was led by head coach Paul Roach, in his first year, and played their home games at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming. They finished with a record of ten wins and three losses (10–3, 8–0 WAC), as WAC Champions and with a loss against Iowa in the Holiday Bowl. The Cowboys offense scored 426 points, while the defense allowed 271 points.1988 Wyoming Cowboys football team
The 1988 Wyoming Cowboys football team represented the University of Wyoming in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Cowboys' 93rd season and they competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The team was led by head coach Paul Roach, in his second year, and played their home games at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming. They finished with a record of eleven wins and two losses (11–2, 8–0 WAC), as WAC Champions and with a loss against Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl. The Cowboys offense scored 511 points, while the defense allowed 280 points.1989 BYU Cougars football team
The 1989 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) in the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season.1993 Wyoming Cowboys football team
The 1993 Wyoming Cowboys football team represented the University of Wyoming in the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Cowboys' 97th season and they competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The team was led by head coach Joe Tiller, in his third year, and played their home games at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming. They finished with a record of eight wins and four losses (8–4, 6–2 WAC), as WAC Co–Champions with BYU and Fresno State and with a loss in the Copper Bowl. The Cowboys offense scored 357 points, while the defense allowed 329 points.1995 BYU Cougars football team
The 1995 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) in the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season.1999 Fresno State Bulldogs football team
The 1999 Fresno State football team represented California State University, Fresno in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season, and competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. Led by head coach Pat Hill, the Bulldogs played their home games at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California.2000 TCU Horned Frogs football team
The 2000 TCU Horned Frogs football team represented Texas Christian University (TCU) in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was led by head coach Dennis Franchione throughout the regular seasons. Gary Patterson took over as interim head coach in December. TCU played their home games in Amon G. Carter Stadium, which is located on campus in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs finished the 10–2 and 7–1 in conference play to share the Western Athletic Conference championship with UTEP.WAC Men's Basketball Tournament
The Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the conference championship tournament in men's basketball for the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Even though the WAC was founded in 1964, the annual tournament has only been held since 1984.
The winner of the tournament is guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Basketball Tournament every year.Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Western Athletic Conference's (WAC) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1980–81 season. Keith Van Horn of Utah and Nick Fazekas of Nevada are the only players to have won the award three times. Three other players—Michael Cage, Josh Grant and Melvin Ely—have won the award twice. Danny Ainge, the first ever WAC Player of the Year, was also the John R. Wooden Award winner in 1980–81.
Utah has the most all-time winners with seven. There have been four ties in the award's history, most notably in 1982–83 when there was a three-way tie. Due mainly to major membership turnover from 2010 to 2014, only three current WAC members, New Mexico State, UMKC and Utah Valley, have had a winner.Western Athletic Conference football
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) sponsored football and crowned a champion every year from 1962 to 2012. Once considered one of the best conferences in college football, steady attrition from 1999 to 2012 forced the WAC to drop football after fifty-one years.
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Dixie State Trailblazers (joining in 2020)