SAN ANTONIO -- The University of Texas – San Antonio football team hasn’t even played a football game, but in less than two years it will bowl-eligible.
Thursday UTSA accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2012, along with the University of Denver and Texas State University.
What this means is in UTSA’s second year of football, they will be in a conference where the winner automatically goes to a bowl game and where more than a dozen football games are nationally televised every year.
Thursday’s announcement also solidifies what many fans say will be a football rivalry between UTSA and Texas State.
“It will be nice to go up there and beat-up on some Bobcats,” said Michael Nielson.
Nielson’s son, T.J., is a tight end for the Roadrunners.
Former Bobcat quarterback and president of the San Antonio Texas State alumni chapter, Derrich Rodriguez, said having the two schools go together to the WAC will benefit both.
“There will definitely be a natural rivalry between the two schools,” he said.
The invitations to the three schools from the WAC came after three schools, Boise State, Nevada, and Fresno State, left for other conferences.
The three new schools will join Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose, Utah State, and Hawaii to form the revised WAC in 2012.