Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Cal State-Bakersfield and Utah Valley are joining the Western Athletic Conference effective July 1, 2013.
Conference officials made the announcement on Tuesday.
"CSU Bakersfield and Utah Valley University accepting our invitation to join the WAC is great news as our conference looks to a very promising future," said Seattle University president Stephen Sundborg, the chair of the WAC Board of Directors. "These two fine institutions are making significant investments in their athletic programs, and we look forward to the many ways they will help the WAC build on its great tradition and national reputation."
The WAC is making the transition from an FBS conference to a non-football playing Division I conference in 2013-14.
Cal State-Bakersfield is currently an independent, while Utah Valley is a member of the Great West Conference.
"Both are quality institutions and bring high level competitive and academic qualities to the 2013-14 membership," said interim commissioner Jeff Hurd. "We are excited to begin the process of rebuilding the WAC and will continue to work to reestablish the league as one of the top Division I conferences in the West."
10/09 16:30:54 ET