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Idaho Will Not Get Invite from Sun Belt Conference

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The University of Idaho continues to survey its options after it learned it would not be accepted into the Sun Belt Conference this week (Photo: FILE / SWX) The University of Idaho continues to survey its options after it learned it would not be accepted into the Sun Belt Conference this week (Photo: FILE / SWX)

Wednesday marked another day of conference realignment news, and another difficult day for the University of Idaho.

Yes, the two are related.

The Sun Belt Conference said it would not invite the Vandals, the Idaho Statesman reported. It did announce, however, that it would take former almost-WAC members Texas-Arlington. UTA was ready to join the WAC in 2013 before all but two members – Idaho and New Mexico State – decided to jump ship.

Interestingly enough, the Sun Belt is headed up by former WAC commissioner Karl Benson. So he knows what Idaho can and cannot offer.

So now, Idaho is back to square one. And Athletic Director Rob Spear will continue to determine which of courses to take:

1. Pursue membership with another FBS conference, such as the Mountain West, Sun Belt, Conference USA or MAC.

2. Place the Idaho football program in an FBS conference and keep other sports within what is left of the Western Athletic Conference.

3. Pursue football independence.

4. Consider dropping to the Football Championship Subdivision and join a conference like the Big Sky.

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