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Associated Press, Published September 29 2010

WAC commissioner: Montana ‘high on our list’

MISSOULA, Mont. – The commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference says the University of Montana is “high on our list” as the league looks for new members.

Commissioner Karl Benson tells the Missoulian that Montana’s academic profile and the success it’s had in football and men’s and women’s basketball would be a good fit for the WAC.

Montana athletic director Jim O’Day was in Dallas Tuesday attending an “information gathering” meeting with the WAC presidents and athletic directors.

O’Day says he expects Montana will receive an invitation to join the WAC, and some tough decisions will have to be made about whether to move up from the Football Championship Subdivision.

The WAC is a nine-team league for football and basketball, but Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State are leaving.