If you step back and take the emotion out of it, is the reported deal between the WAC and Fresno State and Nevada fair?
According to the report from ESPN 1430 in Fresno, the Bulldogs and Wolf Pack will play football in the WAC for one more season, but the schools’ other sports teams will leave for the Mountain West after this school year. And instead of the $5 million exit fee, each school will pay the WAC $1 million.
I spoke with WAC commissioner Karl Benson and UH athletic director Jim Donovan after the report, as did Ferd Lewis and Stephen Tsai.
Benson said the report is “inaccurate” and a settlement had not been reached as of today (Tuesday). Donovan said the WAC board will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) and hopefully come to a resolution.
It does appear that Fresno and Nevada will at least remain in the WAC for football next year. We’re not sure about the other sports yet, or what the negotiated amount of the exit fee will be when all is said and done.
The best that can be hoped for is something to be done tomorrow. This will just be a big mess if it ends up in court.