Commissioner: WAC football on its way out

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference says it has become apparent the league won't have enough football members to compete after this season, and his focus now is on trying to keep the conference together for other sports.

"It doesn't mean we've given up on the idea of football for the future, but it's apparent we don't have enough members in 2013 to play football," Jeff Hurd told The Associated Press on Monday.

That means Idaho and New Mexico State will have to play as FBS independents next year. The WAC's five other football members -- Louisiana Tech, San Jose State, Texas State, Utah State and Texas-San Antonio -- leave next year. So, the league would have to add six FBS programs to continue football.

The Denver Post first reported the story.