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WAC Expansion: Montana's Choice To Stay In Big Sky Leaves Opening For Seattle

With the WAC making an announcement about their expansion decision today, Seattle University might have gotten the break they needed to get an invite.

Montana will stick with Big Sky - Spokesman.com - Nov. 11, 2010
HELENA, Mont. — University of Montana’s president says the Grizzlies will stay in the Big Sky Conference and not move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

President Royce Engstrom said in a release Thursday that it was a complex decision. But, he adds, the better course for the school is to stay with the conference it helped establish in 1963.

Although this is the development that Seattle reportedly needed to get an invite into the conference - it would give the conference 10 basketball schools - there's still no word about whether they will immediately accept.

The next question aside from whether Seattle might accept is whether the WCC might offer an invite as they have only nine schools as well. Previous reports stated that Gonzaga coach Mark Few was against adding a low RPI school to the conference and that new add BYU was lobbying for Denver. However, latest reports are that they will stand pat at nine instead of rushing to expand.