Wichita State would accept an invitation to move to the American Athletic Conference from the Missouri Valley Conference if the league decides in the coming weeks and or months to extend that offer, university sources told ESPN on Thursday.
A source with direct knowledge told ESPN on Thursday that the AAC will make a decision on Wichita State soon.
If this were to occur, it would happen for the 2018-19 season, since it would be too late for the 2017-18 season. Under NCAA rules, if a conference adds a basketball-only member, it must take all of its Olympic/non-revenue sports. That's not the case for accepting a football-only member. The AAC has a football-only member in Navy.
If Wichita State were to join the AAC, it would be the only non-football playing member in the conference. The Shockers would be the 12th basketball-playing member of the AAC if they were to join the league. With Navy, the AAC has 12 football schools.
A source said it would take a 75 percent vote from the current conference membership to add a member and that the AAC is only looking at the possibility of adding Wichita State and not other schools.
Losing the Shockers would be a blow to the Missouri Valley, which already lost Creighton to the Big East four years ago.
The Shockers went to the Final Four in 2013, were a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament and have earned six consecutive NCAA tournament berths under Gregg Marshall. The Shockers have won at least one game in the NCAAs in each of the last five seasons.
While it doesn't have a football program, Wichita State does compete in men's basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, tennis and track and field as well as women's basketball, cross country, golf, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.
Meanwhile, the AAC is also making a decision on the future home of its men's and women's basketball tournaments. The women's tournament will return to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, next season and likely for the foreseeable future, according to a source.
The men's tournament will be in Orlando in 2018, and the league is looking at Orlando being an anchor site that gets a set number of years in a rotation. The other candidates being discussed for the rotation include Hartford, Connecticut -- which has hosted two of the past three seasons -- and Tulsa, Oklahoma, which just hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament and boasts at least five schools within driving distance.