Incarnate Word backs out on WAC move, staying with Southland

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Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 5:07 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 11:05 PM CDT
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FRISCO, Texas (KTRE) - University of the Incarnate Word surprised the college athletics world on Friday morning announcing they would be staying in the Southland Conference.

“The timing of today’s announcement just one week before UIW had committed to join the WAC as a full member is highly disappointing. This was unexpected, but at the same time, we are confident that our membership is unified in their commitment to being one of the premier mid-major conferences in the country,” said WAC Commissioner Brian Thornton.

UIW was set to join the Western Athletic Conference on July 1 along with Southern Utah and UT-Arlington.

“In the ever-changing landscape of Division I athletics, change can happen fast, but it has always been our goal to find stability, the best fit and the best opportunities for our student-athletes,” says UIW President Dr. Thomas M. Evans in a press release. “Today’s announcement is just another example of putting those interests first. Our decision to remain in the Southland Conference will optimize class time with competition time and time in our community and allow our students to once again excel in all those areas.”

When it comes to the upcoming football season the move will not hurt any post season eligibility for the WAC because of the alliance the league formed with the A-Sun. SFA is set to host UIW at Homer Bryce Stadium on October 8. WAC athletic directors were already set to meet next week. Scheduling issues this causes will be discussed.

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