The WAC is not dead – not yet – but inevitably, WAC football is: After 50 years in business, interim commissioner Jeff Hurd confirmed Monday that the Western Athletic Conference will drop football after the upcoming season, officially pulling the plug after two years of steady attrition. With that, the WAC becomes the first Division I conference to call it quits in football since the Southwest Conference dissolved in 1995, and the first casualty of the most recent round of conference realignment. Unlike the old SWC, which ceased to exist altogether, the WAC plans to continue as a non-football league, though there's some considerable doubt about its viability in other sports, too. As it stands, only three schools – current member New Mexico State and a pair of non-football-playing newcomers set to join the ranks next year, the University of Denver and Seattle University – are on board as full-fledged members for all sports. There are also a small handful of "affiliate members" in niche sports like baseball, women's gymnastics and women's swimming and diving, which will not keep the lights on.