There isn't much more to being progressive than starting a football program, right?
Don't forget about the ever-improving level of basketball success in the conference that will potentially be left out of postseason play for a couple years.
NCAA bylaws stipulate, until August 2013, that new conferences will not be permitted to receive an automatic bid until their third year of existence.
A bid to get the second year waived had been rejected by the NCAA championship committee, for fear it would start a precedent.
Under legislation that passed last year, the waiting period for new conferences to earn an automatic bid increases to five years at the beginning of the 2013 athletic season. Great American Conference Commissioner Will Prewitt, who was part of the WVIAC for 12 years, isn't sure how that will affect new league, which plans to submit its application for membership by December.
There is the outside possibility that the new conference could take the WVIAC's place in NCAA Division II and not have to wait the required time, but that's also an unknown.
West Liberty Coach and Clarksburg native Jim Crutchfield has led the Hilltoppers to the Elite Eight in each the last two seasons.
He said it might not matter, since usually the best teams get in anyway.
His concern is what happens to the WVIAC Tournament, which began in 1936.
"Big crowd or small crowd, I like the West Virginia Conference Tournament," Crutchfield said. "That's the part I'm going to miss. I haven't even thought about how this might affect us.
"I'm very sad to see our affiliation with the conference end. The presidents work in the best interests of their schools. This is a very tradition-rich conference. I'm going to miss rivalries that might not happen anymore."
Last season four teams - West Liberty, UC, Wheeling Jesuit and Wesleyan - represented the WVIAC in the Atlantic Region Tournament. The Hilltoppers won the regional championship for the second consecutive year, but it was a banner year for the league to put four teams in - three at-large and tournament champion West Liberty.
Who knows if that would happen again?
All of this will come out in the wash in the coming months, but there's more to this fire than smoldering embers.
UC President Edwin Welch said they're still early in the process, but I'm inclined to believe they've given this more thought than having a meeting one day, and revealing their intentions to the press the next.
The differences between members of the league have existed for decades, with one of the most divisive issues being the public-private debate - sound familiar?
We'll still have a league with a mixture of publics and privates, and some haves (UC and have-nots (W.Va. State).
Which makes me question whether or not this is really a move for progressive reasons.
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