Western Athletic Conference Information:
Headquarters: Englewood, CO.
Commissioner: Jeff Hurd
The Western Athletic Conference, or WAC as it is commonly referred to, was founded in 1962 as a participant in NCAA Division 1 athletics. In recent years the WAC has undergone many changes from conference alignments and the departures of members to other conferences. With future changes looming in the air the conference may be suspect to losing more members as there are talks that the conference will no longer support a football program. The WAC's basketball program however is still intact and continues to produce for the dwindling conference.
Primarily made up from western institutions the WAC's members reside in the states of California, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana. The WAC has held their conference basketball tournament since 1984 as a way to crown the seasons champion each year. The tournament has gone back and forth from neutral sites to on-campus sites throughout the years but has remained at a neutral location since 2010. The University of Texas El Paso currently leads the WAC in tournament wins followed by Hawai'i, Utah, and New Mexico State.
The WAC is littered with conference basketball rivalries like New Mexico - New Mexico State and Texas-Arlington - Texas State - UTSA but one of the conferences oldest rivalries lies with Utah State - BYU. The two teams have met in over 200 games and while BYU is the series leader the games are always unpredictable.