The Daily Aggie :: 10/28/10

WAC Commissioner Karl Benson will be holding a press conference at 10:00 a.m. this morning. It is expected that there will be an announcement regarding the Fresno State/Nevada situation

**** UPDATE: The WAC has reached an agreement with Nevada and Fresno State with both teams staying in the WAC in all sports through the 2011-2012 season. Fresno State and Nevada will each pay $900,000 and it will be split into five equal payments of $180,000 with the first payment due on August 1, 2011 and the final payment due on August 1, 2015. The two schools will also forfeit any revenue that is due to them at the end of the 2011-2012 athletic season.

Commissioner Benson also stated in the conference all that there should be an announcement within the next 30 days regarding which teams will be invited for the 2012-2013 season. ****

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the WAC's expansion timetable moved up dramatically after WAC coaches started encountering negative recruiting by teams in other conferences. Wilner stated in the report, "WAC commissioner Karl Benson originally targeted next spring as the window for inviting new members. But that plan changed after coaches encountered negative recruiting by teams in other conferences, which have told recruits that the WAC’s future is in jeopardy."

Wilner also stated in that same report that according to WAC officials plans are close to being finalized that would see Texas State and UT-San Antonio join the WAC in 2012 for football.

We'll have to wait and see what Commissioner Benson has to say in today's press conference regarding all of the above topics, though he'll likely not address the expansion topic with an specificity.

On a side note, Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal notes on his blog that the WAC is on the verge of putting three football teams in the Top 25, something that hasn't been done since 1997.

The Aggie cross country team heads to Moscow, Idaho this Saturday for the WAC Championship meet. Find out what cross country coach Paul Harkins had to say about the Aggies' chances and how they've been preparing to defend the women's title and win the men's title.

The Aggie women were picked to finish second despite being the defending champions and having returned all but two of their point scorers from last year's championship squad. The men were picked a surprising fifth by the coaches despite having improved in every championship meet since Coach Harkins, Gregory and Richburg took over the program. The Aggie men have noted their pre-championship ranking and are set to prove that they were slighted by the WAC coaches. One major item of note on the men's side, two-time All-WAC selection Ian Ruybalid will not be racing in the championship meet. Coach Harkins told us yesterday that Ian has been nursing an injury that kept him out of the Kachina Classic and has limited his effectiveness to about 50 percent.

The championships are on Saturday with the women's 5k meet will start at 11:00 a.m. MT while the men's meet will start at 11:45 a.m. MT.

On to today's links...

Aggie Women's Basketball
Head coach Darin Spence talks about the upcoming season.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that the Aggie newcomers have a chance to contribute immediately.

Aggie Soccer
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about the Aggies' must-win situation.

Aggie Volleyball
Ann Miller of the Honolulu Star Advertiser checks in on the Wahine volleyball team.

Aggie Men's Basketball
Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal @AgsBleedCrimson and become a fan on Facebook

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