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WVIAC Presidents Meet, Change Leadership, Discuss Future

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CHARLESTON -

The WVIAC has had several different story lines lately. Last month, the nine football schools announced that they would be leaving the conference, as a group, and former a new one. Earlier this month, eight schools held a meeting and reaffirmed their commitment to the WVIAC. That second meeting included three football schools that had originally said they would leave the conference.

On Thursday, an executive session meeting of the presidents of the WVIAC schools was held at the University of Charleston. This was not one of the presidents' three regularly scheduled meetings. Each member school was represented in some form.

There was a leadership change. West Liberty President Robin Capehart stepped down as the chair of the conference and UC president Edwin Welch took over. According to WVIAC Commissioner Barry Blizzard, this was expected.

When it comes to conference realignment, for a school to leave the WVIAC it has to submit a written notice. None of the schools have done that. The fate of the new football conference is unknown.

Blizzard, who was not actually in the meeting, said that over the next year the conference will look for ways to accommodate all member institutions with the needs in their athletic programs.

"The official position after today's meeting is that the West Virginia Conference is still in business for this year. We will run our 16 championships and provide the best possible student-athlete experience for our student-athletes. During this year we're going to study a lot of options for moving forward and no option is off the table," said Blizzard.