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Joining the WAC is first big step

UTA's move to higher profile conference would be enhanced with addition of football

Updated: July 15, 2011, 12:35 AM ET
By Art Garcia | For ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Are you ready for some football -- Mavericks style?

Never mind that Thursday's announcement that the University of Texas at Arlington will take residence in the Western Athletic Conference didn't include any official mention of football joining the Mavericks' athletic stable. But in the minds of most associated with UTA -- from students to alumni to the upper reaches of the administration to WAC commissioner Karl Benson -- this surprisingly quick move is the biggest step ...

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