The Western Athletic Conference and the six universities invited to join the 10-member league appear near closure on the terms of expansion.
The conference - represented by commissioner Karl Benson and Fresno State President John Welty, chairman of the WAC's Council of Presidents - initiated a conference call yesterday with officials from TCU, SMU, Rice, Tulsa, Nevada-Las Vegas and San Jose State, TCU Chancellor William Tucker said.TCU officials received the revised proposal Monday, Tucker said.
"I am pleased with the revised terms of membership," Tucker said. "The terms provide for the full participation of the incoming members in revenue sharing and the governing of the conference."
Tucker declined to disclose the terms, and the WAC office is expected to wait until Friday to announce the requirements.
Tucker said he will recommend to the executive committee of the TCU Board of Trustees that the university accept the membership terms during a meeting scheduled tomorrow afternoon.
The TCU Board of Trustees voted in favor of WAC membership in April, and the 11-member executive committee needs only to arrive at a majority decision.
The WAC and its incoming members negotiated for two months in an effort to arrive at a revenue-sharing payment acceptable to both parties. The WAC originally proposed a $3 million fee - to be paid in five annual installments of $600,000 - to each of the prospective members in a June 8 letter, but the six universities deemed that proposal unrealistic.
The WAC reduced the amount "substantially" after it met opposition, Welty said last week.
The league desired a revenue-sharing payment that did not penalize its current members for revenue contracted before expansion, but one that also allowed incoming members to share in revenue upon admission, Welty said.
"The WAC and new members have worked very carefully in getting terms acceptable to both the current and incoming members," Tucker said. "A great deal of progress has been made."