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WAC football likely won't exist in 2013

With Utah State and San Jose State leaving for the Mountain West, the Western Athletic Conference has been on its last legs for some time.

That leg appears to be gone - at least for now.

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Addressing the media on Thursday morning at the WAC's media day, interim commissioner Jeff Hurd all but confirmed that football for the 2013 season at the very least is out of the question.

"We don't believe football is feasible for the 2013 season," Hurd said. "We've gone trhough every option and we've gone coast to coast looking for those options."

There still appears to be hope for a conference that's taking mammoth hits to its membership over the past three years. Hurd told The Tribune that a group of FCS schools back east, led by James Madison and Jacksonville State, are making a push for FCS status, and could potentially enter into the WAC in time for the 2014 season.

In the meantime, things are still very much in the air for the league. New Mexico State and Idaho will more than likely be forced to go independent next season. And if the WAC loses any more members, the league will probably be done as a football conference for good.

Utah State left for the Mountain West earlier in the spring along with San Jose State. Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii left for the MWC this season.

The WAC needs eight schools to be considered a conference by the NCAA. It currently sits at seven schools, however they have a two-year waiver from the NCAA. Still, the league has just one bowl tie-in for this season, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, which will go to the champion.

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