UNLV Part Of New Conference Talks
Las Vegas – Presidents and chancellors from 16 universities met in Dallas Sunday to discuss future conference membership plans and agreed to work on forming a new intercollegiate athletic association that would begin competition in the 2013-14 academic year. The Schools involved in the talks include UNLV, Air Force Academy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Colorado State University, East Carolina University, Fresno State, University of Hawaii, Marshall University, University of Nevada, Reno, University of New Mexico, Rice University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Texas at El Paso, Tulane University, The University of Tulsa and University of Wyoming. With the exception of Hawaii as a football only member, the participation would involve all sports. The presidents and chancellors will have follow-up meetings over the next six months to fully develop the operational issues essential to the formation of the association. UNLV President Neil Smatresk was on Live and Local with Kevin Wall to talk about the merger and expressed his hopes for the demise of the BCS.