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Karl Benson expected to become new Sun Belt boss

Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:25 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 5:48 pm
 
WAC commissioner Karl Benson is expected to take the same position with the Sun Belt Conference, CBSSports.com has learned.

Benson, 60, has been in his current position since 1994. The recent instability of the league may have led to his decision to pursue the Sun Belt job. Current Sun Belt commissioner Wright Waters is retiring later this year.

A formal announcement on Benson is expected Thursday. 

Under Benson's watch both Boise State and Hawaii played in BCS bowls since 2007. But conference realignment has cost him both of those schools. The WAC currently consists of eight schools in 2012. However, Hawaii, Nevada and Fresno State are leaving for what will be the new Mountain West/Conference USA conglomerate in 2013.

In the late 1990s, Benson oversaw the first super conference when the WAC expanded to 16 teams. The arrangement quickly became too unwieldy. In 1999, eight schools broke off to form the Mountain West.

Benson is a proud former shortstop at Boise State. He is expected to take office at the New Orleans-based Sun Belt on April 1, the week the city is hosting the Final Four. 

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Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:36 am
 

Karl Benson expected to become new Sun Belt boss

Yikes, I could easily see the WAC going the way of the Big West (non-football). 



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Karl Benson expected to become new Sun Belt boss

This means that Utah St, San Jose St, and LaTech are already in the new MWC/CUSA.






Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:04 pm
 

Karl Benson expected to become new Sun Belt boss

I don't think the rest of the WAC is invited. Though a WAC-Sunbelt merger might make some sense...
Yea, I said this the other day. It will be the next big merger to happen and the MAC will pick up some FCS teams. We'll have the big guns and then a bunch of low-class mega conferences that hopefully keep some people happy.



Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:34 pm
 

Umm

I don't think the rest of the WAC is invited. Though a WAC-Sunbelt merger might make some sense... 



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Karl Benson expected to become new Sun Belt boss

The WAC is already one team short of a quorum.  If they get raided by the amalgamation of the CUSA/MWC in their expansion, what happens with the conference?  What happens with UTSA and Texas St. who are moving up to FBS in 2012?  Do they move back down to FCS?  Does the conference drop football?

Uhh what? The amalgamation already has 16 teams for football and 15 for all sports. They aren't going to be adding anymore and there is no one left in there worth raiding.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Karl Benson expected to become new Sun Belt boss

The WAC is already one team short of a quorum.  If they get raided by the amalgamation of the CUSA/MWC in their expansion, what happens with the conference?  What happens with UTSA and Texas St. who are moving up to FBS in 2012?  Do they move back down to FCS?  Does the conference drop football?

For that matter, Benson is moving from one soon-to-be raided conference to another.  The Sun Belt will also likely get raided by the Merger. 




Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Karl Benson expected to become new Sun Belt boss

more reason for the WAC to join Confer Merger West



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