Dallas Colleges: Western Athletic Conference

Texas administrator named UTA's new AD

December, 13, 2011
UT-Arlington announced Tuesday that Jim Baker has been named the school's athletics director.

Baker had served as Texas' associate athletic director for events and operations since 1991. He will be UTA's sixth AD when he begins his duties Feb. 1, replacing Pete Carlon.

UTA participates in 14 Division I sports and will join the WAC on July 1. The school is scheduled to open the $78 million College Park Center in February.

"We will look to Jim to advance the UT-Arlington program to even higher levels of regional and national competition." UTA president James D. Spaniolo said in a statement.

Baker earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. He began his career in athletics working at Ohio State and served in various positions at Florida from 1982 until he joined the staff at UT in 1991.

"We are in a great recruiting place and a great city with a remarkable partnership with the University," Baker said.

MWC makes offers to Nevada, Fresno St.

August, 18, 2010
BYU apparently is on the verge of pulling its football program out of the Mountain West, but the conference isn't taking the possibility lying down.

The MWC confirmed previous reports that it has offered invitations to Western Athletic Conference schools Fresno State and Nevada.

After Boise State bolted the WAC for the Mountain West, the remaining WAC schools signed an agreement that it would take a $5 million buyout to leave the conference within the next five years. That could have an impact on Nevada and Fresno State's decision.