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WAC may extend invitation to Seattle U

If the West Coast Conference doesn’t want Seattle U, the Western Athletic just might.

The WAC’s Board of Directors could extend an invitation to the school as early as Tuesday, the Seattle Times reports. If accepted, it would join for the 2012-13 academic school year along with Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Denver. Denver and Seattle would be non-football playing members.

Seattle U was once a member of the WCC before dropping out of D-I in 1980. The once-proud hoops school has rebranded itself under new coach Cameron Dollar and had been thought to be a natural fit to re-join the conference. But that seems unlikely with the addition of BYU.

Seattle U athletic director Bill Hogan told the paper that a move to the WAC “would fit us quite well” and that 17 of the school’s 19 sports would be part of the conference.

The WAC – which was once 16 schools, but now stands at five with the defections of Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada to the Mountain West – also is targeting Montana and Montana State as possible additions, the paper reports. Both of those would play football.

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