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It's official. The Utah Valley Wolverines are part of the Western Athletic Conference.

The WAC has gone through a a lot of changes since it was created July 27, 1962. The league was created by six different schools, and two additional charter applicants were denied entry. Over it's 50-year history, the WAC has seen it's membership swell to 16 and shrink to almost nothing. The league boasted 16 football teams in the mid-1990's, yet will be forced to abandon football in 2013 for lack of football-playing members.

Oh, that wacky WAC.

This is the definitive list of all 31 teams that have been a part of the WAC or that will be a part of the WAC since its inception in 1962.

Arizona
Christian Petersen, Getty Images

Nickname: Wildcats

Year joined: 1962

Year departed: 1978

WAC championships: 18

Current conference: Pac-12

Arizona experienced a lot of success during its time in the WAC. The Wildcats won the College World Series runner-up trophy in baseball in 1963. Arizona won the College World Series in 1976.

Arizona State
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Nickname: Sun Devils

Year joined: 1962

Year departed: 1978

WAC championships: 29

Current conference: Pac-12

The Sun Devils won the College World Series of baseball in 1965, 1967 and 1969. Arizona and Arizona State won or tied for all but two WAC football titles from 1969 to 1978.

BYU
Gary McKellar, Deseret News

Nickname: Cougars

Year joined: 1962

Year departed: 1999

WAC championships: 193

Current conference: Independent for football, West Coast Conference for all other sports.

In 1984, BYU won the national championship in football.

BYU boasts a who's who lineup of some of the greatest QBs in college football history. Gifford Nielson, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon and Steve Young were all under center before Robbie Bosco made his first start at QB in 1984.

In 1990, BYU quarterback Ty Detmer won the Heisman trophy, and the Cougars upset No. 1 ranked Miami with a 28-21 win.

New Mexico
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Nickname: Lobos

Year joined: 1962

Year departed: 1999

WAC championships: 46

Current conference: Mountain West

The Lobos went to a bowl game in 1997, ending a 35-year drought by the team. In basketball, New Mexico had success in the WAC championship in 1964, 1968, 1974 and 1978.

Utah
LAURA SEITZ, Deseret News

Nickname: Utes

Year joined: 1962

Year departed: 1999

WAC championships: 68

Current conference: Pac-12

Before their decade of MWC dominance, the Utes suffered a 28-year bowl drought from 1964 to 1992. In 1992, they lost to Washington State in the Copper Bowl. In 1994, the Utes finished the season ranked No. 10 by the Associated Press and beat Arizona 16-13 in the Freedom bowl.

In the WAC, the Utes had much more success in basketball. In the 1998 season, the Utes went all the way to the NCAA title game, but lost to Kentucky 78-69.

Wyoming

Nickname: Cowboys

Year joined: 1962

Year departed: 1999

WAC championships: 24

Current conference: Mountain West

The Cowboys were WAC champions in football in 1967 and finished the season with a 10-1 record. The team finished the season ranked No. 5 in the nation after winning the Sun Bowl. The Cowboys went to six bowl games during their time in the WAC.

Colorado State
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Nickname: Rams

Year joined: 1967

Year departed: 1999

WAC championships: 15

Current conference: Mountain

Colorado State won three WAC titles from 1967 to 1999. All three came in the 1990s. In basketball, the Rams were WAC champions in 1989 and 1990.

UTEP
Ross D. Franklin, AP

Nickname: Miners

Year joined: 1967

Year departed: 2005

WAC championships: 58

Current conference: C-USA

The Miners only have one WAC championship in football, coming in 2000. That year the Miners had an overall record of 8-4 and a conference record of 7-1.

In basketball, the Miners were regular season WAC champions eight times and conference tournament champions five times.

San Diego State
ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO, AP

Nickname: Aztecs

Year joined: 1978

Year departed: 1999

WAC championships: 20

Current conference: Mountain West

The Aztecs have only one WAC championship in football, which came in 1986. That year, the team with finished with a 7-1 record riding Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk to victory.

The Aztecs have just one WAC basketball tournament championship, which they earned in the 1984-85 season.

Hawaii
Eugene Tanner, AP

Nickname: Warriors

Year joined: 1979

Year departed: 2012

WAC championships: 62

Current conference: Mountain West

Even though the Warriors had won shares of the WAC championship in 1992 and 1999, the the team got its first outright WAC football title in 2007 when it defeated the Boise State Broncos. In 2010, Hawaii won its fourth WAC title by becoming co-champs with Boise State and Nevada.

Air Force
GARY MCKELLAR, Deseret News

Nickname: Falcons

Year joined: 1980

Year departed: 1999

WAC championships: 7

Current conference: Mountain West

The Falcons played in 12 bowl games while in the WAC, winning seven. The Falcons also won WAC football titles in 1985, 1995 and 1998.

Air Force never went to the NCAA tournament in basketball while in the WAC.

Fresno State
Eugene Tanner, AP

Nickname: Bulldogs

Year joined: 1992

Year departed: 2012

WAC championships: 75

Current conference: Mountain West

Fresno State won WAC football titles in 1992, 1993 and 1999. The Bulldogs won their only WAC tournament basketball title in 2000 with college basketball's leading scorer, Courtney Alexander.

UNLV
Julie Jacobson, AP

Nickname: Rebels

Year joined: 1996

Year departed: 1999

WAC championships: 2

Current conference: Mountain West

The Rebels didn't win any football or basketball titles while in the WAC. However, UNLV was only a member of the WAC from 1996 to 1999, having joined the conference during the "quadrant era." At that time, the WAC had 16 members.

TCU
LM Otero, AP

Nickname: Horned Frogs

Year joined: 1996

Year departed: 2001

WAC championships: 18

Current conference: Big 12

TCU won the WAC championship in football two times; once in 1999 and again in 2000. But shared the championship in both years.

In basketball, the Horned Frogs never won a WAC tournament title.

Rice
Billy Smith II, AP

Nickname: Owls

Year joined: 1996

Year departed: 2005

WAC championships: 29

Current conference: C-USA

The Owls of Rice University went in and out of the WAC without any football or men's basketball championships. However, the school won its first national championship in baseball in 1993, well before joining the 16-school conference.

SMU
BILL HABER, AP

Nickname: Mustangs

Year joined: 1996

Year departed: 2005

WAC championships: 39

Current conference: C-USA

Southern Methodist never won any WAC titles in football or men's basketball. In 1987, SMU's football program became the first in NCAA history to get the Death Penalty for repeatedly violating NCAA rules.

As a result, the 1987 SMU football season was canceled. The mustangs struggled to recover for roughly 30 years, and some say they never recovered.

Tulsa
DAVID CRENSHAW, AP

Nickname: Golden Hurricane

Year joined: 1996

Year departed: 2005

WAC championships: 14

Current conference: C-USA

Tulsa won its lone WAC men's basketball tournament title in 2003 by defeating Nevada 75-64.

Tulsa didn't win any football championships during its short time in the WAC. In fact, Tulsa only had one season with a winning record while a part of the league.

San Jose State

Nickname: Spartans

Year joined: 1996

Year departed: Will depart for MWC in 2013.

WAC championships: 14

Over the Spartans' nearly 20 years in the league, they have never won any championships in football or men's basketball.

Despite their struggles, SJSU received and accepted an invite earlier this year to join the Mountain West Conference.

Nevada
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Nickname: Wolfpack

Year joined: 2000

Year departed: 2012

WAC championships: 22

Current conference: Mountain West

Nevada won two WAC tournament titles in men's basketball - one in 2004 and another in 2006. However, Nevada has played in four WAC tournament title games.

While in the WAC, Nevada never won an outright football conference title but it did share the title in 2005 and 2010.

Nevada's greatest football accomplishment as a member of the WAC came on Nov. 25, 2010 when No. 4 Boise State's Kyle Brotzman missed two chip-shot field goals at the end of regulation and in overtime. Nevada won the game 34-31, finished the year 13-1 and ended the year ranked 11th in the AP poll.

Boise State
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Nickname: Broncos

Year joined: 2001

Year departed: 2011

WAC championships: 32

Current conference: Mountain West

Boise State won the WAC football title nine times from 2002 to 2010. In 2007, the Broncos shocked the nation with an upset-win over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Broncos repeated their Fiesta Bowl winning ways in 2007 and 2010, beating TCU both times.

Louisiana Tech
Kita Wright, AP

Nickname: Bulldogs

Year joined: 2001

Year departed: Will depart for Conference USA in 2013

WAC championships: 29

It's no secret that Louisiana Tech has ached to be a part of Conference USA for some time, and earlier this year, the Bulldogs (and Lady Techsters) accepted the invite they had long anticipated.

Presently, Louisiana Tech is considered the top football team in the WAC. They are ranked in two top-25 polls and average more than 50 points per game. In a conference known for high-powered offense, this team doesn't break the mold.

Utah State
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Nickname: Aggies

Year joined: 2005

Year departed: Will depart for MWC in 2013.

WAC championships: 28

Utah State applied for charter membership in the WAC in 1962, but along with New Mexico State, was denied entry into the league. After 43 years in two different conferences and independence, the Aggies joined the WAC in 2005.

Most Aggie fans agree this year's win against Utah and a win over BYU in 2010 are the football program's largest achievements in recent times.

Idaho
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Nickname: Vandals

Year joined: 2005

Year departed: Still in WAC

WAC championships: 7

Idaho joined the WAC in 2005 with Utah State and New Mexico State. Their signature moment as a member of the league was their 2009 Humanitarian Bowl win over the Bowling Green Falcons, 43-42.

Because this is the last season of WAC football, the Vandals are looking for a football home. Having already been denied by the Sun Belt, they may be forced to return to FCS, and the Big Sky hasn't been shy about recruiting them.

New Mexico State
Rich Pedroncelli, AP

Nickname: Aggies

Year joined: 2005

Year departed: Still in WAC

WAC championships: 14

New Mexico State was the final of a group of three to join the WAC in 2005. During their time in the WAC, they have won three WAC basketball championships, including a huge upset of USU in the WAC championship game in 2010, a game in which USU star Tai Wesley's nose was broken. They are also the reigning WAC basketball champions, having defeated LA Tech in the 2012 title game.

Similarly to Idaho, New Mexico State's football program is desperately searching for a home.

Texas-Arlington
Harry Cabluck, AP

Nickname: Mavericks

Year joined: 2012

Year departed: Will depart for the Sun Belt in 2013.

WAC championships: 0

After SJSU and USU made the announcement that they too would head for the MWC in 2013, former WAC commissioner and newly-hired Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson called up UT-A and invited it to follow him east. The Mavericks boast no football team, but saw the Sun Belt as a stable alternative to a quickly unraveling WAC, which they, like two other teams, never played a game in before declaring their intention to leave.

Texas State
L. Scott Mann, AP, Texas State University

Nickname: Bobcats

Year joined: 2012

Year departed: Will depart for Sun Belt in 2013.

WAC championships: 0

Along with UT-A, Texas State followed Karl Benson to the Sun Belt. Having spent their entire athletic existence as an FCS team, the Bobcats had accepted invites to two different FBS conferences before playing a single game in FBS competition. This decision came on the heels of USU and SJSU's announcement to leave for the MWC in 2013.

Texas-San Antonio
AMY SINISTERRA, AP

Nickname: Roadrunners

Year joined: 2012

Year departed: Will depart for Conference USA in 2013

WAC championships: 0

Like Texas State, UTSA had spent one season as an FCS independent before joining the WAC, but before UTSA had even played a single WAC game in any sport, they had already accepted and the Texas board of regents had approved an invitation to join Conference USA, whose membership had been heavily poached by the Big East.

University of Denver
DAVID ZALUBOWSKI, AP

Nickname: Pioneers

Year joined: 2012

Year departed: Still in WAC

WAC championships: 1

Denver announced that it would enter the WAC in November of 2010, the culmination of a five-year effort to join the league. Similarly to Texas-Arlington, Denver brought no football to the league, but DU's basketball was the first WAC (or soon-to-be WAC) team to break Utah State's five-year chokehold on home-court advantage. They beat the Aggies 67-54 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Nov. 30, 2011.

University of Seattle
Al Grillo, AP

Nickname: Redhawks

Year joined: 2012

Year departed: Still in WAC

WAC championships: 0

The University of Seattle was one of three teams to apply to the WAC in 2011, the others being UVU and CSU-Bakersfield, but was the only school accepted. At the time, WAC commissioner Karl Benson said there was a "clear consensus" Seattle brought the most to the struggling league: access to the Seattle TV market and recent athletic expansion. They joined the league in 17 sports, but not football.

California State University-Bakersfield
AP Photo

Nickname: Roadrunners

Year joined: 2013

Year departed: N/A

WAC championships: N/A

CSU-Bakersfield, along with Utah Valley University, applied for league membership in 2011, but was denied entry.

Like most of the WAC's recent applicants and admittees, the Roadrunners have no football program. Until Oct 9, 2012, CSU-B was an NCAA Division I independent institution

Utah Valley University
Danny Chan La, AP

Nickname: Wolverines

Year joined: 2012

Year departed: N/A

WAC championships: N/A

Current conference: WAC

On October 9, 2012 and during the league's last foreseeable season of football, UVU and the WAC formally announced the Wolverine's entrance into the league. UVU attempted to join the league in 2011, but was denied entry.