Tech’s anticipated Conference USA switch all but set

May 3, 2012


Sports Editor


For what seems like forever, Tech fans have been waiting, sometimes patiently and sometimes not so much, for news of a change in scenery; something that will change the entire face of the university in terms of athletics and academics.


The long-awaited news may be just around the corner if the recent developments are any indication.


Speculation has Louisiana Tech moving to Conference USA in a move that will see Tech leave the Western Athletic Conference and join C-USA along with five additional teams in 2013. Those teams include North Texas, Florida International, University of Texas at San Antonio, Old Dominion and Charlotte.


A story posted on CBSSports.com caused an uproar after news of the conference realignment broke Tuesday morning citing unnamed sources and announcing a supposed move for Tech that would change the outlook of Tech athletics.


After spending the past 10 years in the WAC, the move has been rumored for quite some time with the WAC becoming somewhat of a holding cell for teams looking to upgrade after a while.


When Tech announced its entry to the WAC in 2001, hopes were high for a bright future, but with the immediate success followed by the departure of most if not all of the top teams such as Boise State and Nevada, the conference has fizzled out.


Not only are teams announcing severed ties with the conference, but now former WAC commissioner Karl Benson also was named the commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference earlier this year.


Now, almost 11 years after joining the WAC, sources say Tech is expected to move to Conference USA in a much-anticipated move.


If Tech were to join Conference USA, it would be no surprise considering the negotiations that have been ongoing in recent weeks between the two sides.


The move to Conference USA is a no-brainer for anyone affiliated with Tech athletics, with the pros far outweighing the cons.


Buddy Davis, the sports editor of the Ruston Daily Leader, has covered Tech athletics for decades and said he thinks the rumored conference move is the next logical step for Tech.


“I think it’s a tremendous move for athletics,” he said. “There will be so many great regional rivalries created with this conference move. It will be good on the travel budget. The travel has been just horrendous and the move will help from that standpoint. I think the move will come at just the right time.”


Without confirmation from Tech or conference officials, the news of the Bulldogs’ departure from the WAC is pending with an announcement expected to occur as early as Friday.


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