WCC Commissioner: ‘We’re Aware Of Exploratory Conversations MWC Has Had With Gonzaga’
West Coast Conference Interim Commissioner Connie Hurlbut discussed conference realignment on ESPN 960.
Hurlbut was appointed to interim commissioner role in January of this year
The West Coast Conference hasn’t had an institution leave their conference in 38 years. Seattle University left the conference in 1980 after dropping Division-1 athletics. Fast forward to 2018, another program in the Pacific Northwest in Gonzaga might be leaving the WCC, but not due to dropping their athletic department. The Zags have their sights potentially on the Mountain West Conference, with BYU possibly joining them.
Who will lead the WCC through this sudden time of uncertainty in the conference? The current commissioner in the conference is Connie Hurlbut.
Hurlbut took over as interim commissioner this past January after Lynn Holzman left the league to become the Vice President of Women’s Basketball in the NCAA.
Hurlbut joined Ben Criddle on ESPN 960 AM in Utah to discuss the conference tournament but the reports of Gonzaga in conversations with the Mountain West Conference about membership.
When asked on how to possibly incentivize Gonzaga to stay in the WCC, Hurlbut replied, “In today’s climate, the topic of conference membership and potential realignment is really on the agenda of almost every Division-1 conference and that includes the West Coast Conference.
“What’s existing in the intercollegiate landscape for a while is that this is a constant topic and the West Coast Conference certainly has to be engaged in that conversation. We’re aware of the exploratory conversations that the Mountain West Conference has had with Gonzaga…and that’s where we are,” said Hurlbut.