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North Texas turns down WAC

North Texas has turned down overtures from the WAC for at least the third time, deciding to stay put in the Sun Belt.

Athletic director Rick Villarreal told The Denton Record-Chronicle late Monday night that he phoned WAC commissioner Karl Benson to decline a potential move. North Texas is one of the original members of the Sun Belt, founded in 2001, and Villarreal pointed to the stability of that league compared to the WAC as one of the factors for staying.

“We made a commitment to a conference that we want to try to help continue to grow," he told the newspaper. "We feel that there is a little more stability in the situation we are in today.”

The WAC is in desperate search for stability, facing the prospect of losing its fourth member since last year. Hawaii became the latest to announce its intentions to move to the Mountain West, and would join Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada in bolting from the WAC. Commissioner Karl Benson said Monday he had reached out to North Texas, hoping the recent additions of Texas State and UT-San Antonio might sway the school. The WAC also contacted North Texas in 1999 and 2004.