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Grand Canyon to join WAC

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Grand Canyon University will join the Western Athletic Conference next year, the WAC announced Tuesday.

The move is contingent on Grand Canyon completing the reclassification process from NCAA Division II to Division I. The Antelopes will begin regular-season play in 2013-14, but won't be eligible for championships or for postseason games.

"We welcome Grand Canyon University to the WAC and look forward to helping them make the transition in becoming a highly competitive Division I institution," WAC Interim Commissioner Jeff Hurd said in a statement. "This is another important step in the rebuilding process of the WAC as we continue to strengthen the conference."

Grand Canyon will become the conference's sixth member for 2013-14, joining California State University, Bakersfield; the University of Idaho; New Mexico State University; Seattle University and Utah Valley University.

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