I agree, Grump. The WAC is not a BCS conference, but it's way way better than the Sunbelt, or MEAC or MoValley, and close to being on a par with the ConfUSA and maybe a step lower than the MtnWest. Still, we will have to make a huge investment and will lose some of the compactness we have enjoyed with the SLC. Again, it all comes down to revenue sports and that means we would have to do like UTSA and add football to be a viable candidate.
I'm not sure it is a step abovwe the Sun Belt anymore. They lost Boise State (2-0 in BCS, track and field, wrestling, basketball tourney 2009), Fresno State (4-4 in last 8 bowl games, 23 win per season in last five in women;s bball, 2008 national baseball champions, soft ball powerhouse), Hawaii (BCS appearance, national volleyball powerhouse) and Nevada (top 25 football, NCAA touney men's bball, NCAA touney appearing softball).
In return, they have three SLC schools (top level at least), Seattle and Denver.
The lineup is now San Jose State, Idaho, Utah State , Seattle, Denver, UTA, UTSA, TSU-SM, La Tech, New Mexico State.
That compares favorable to UNT, Troy, FAU, South Alabama and Mid Tenn.
As much as I bagged on them, I'd rather be in the Sun Belt.