Fairmont State University is staying put — for now.
“We are a member of the WVIAC,” FSU athletic director Rusty Elliott said on Wednesday night when asked where the Falcons stood in this game of summer conference shuffling.
“We’re a voting member there, but we are exploring other options that we might have that best suit Fairmont State University’s athletic department,” he continued.
While this marks the first time a Fairmont State official has spoken publicly to the Times West Virginian on the matter, seemingly not much has changed since FSU and eight other members of the West Virginia Conference announced plans to form a new all-sports league in June.
In other words, the Falcons are still window shopping, but unsure what they’ll end up calling their own.
Talks about reshaping the league resumed late last month at a University of Charleston athletic directors’ retreat. The 15 schools, Fairmont State included, were represented in the July 19 special meeting, which also saw UC president Ed Welch voted in as chairman of the league’s board of directors.
League commissioner Barry Blizzard told the Charleston Gazette last month that the conference “will operate as normal” for the 2012-13 athletic calendar.
While all signs — from even Blizzard himself — suggest changes will likely come in time, Elliott says Fairmont State is keeping its collective eyes wide open.
“We’re in the West Virginia Conference right now, but we’re exploring other options and we’d like to keep it that way,” he said. “You never can tell; three or four months from now, what’s best for Fairmont State might be to stay in the West Virginia Conference.
“I don’t know, so we don’t want to make any statements that make us look like fools saying ‘we’re leaving, we’re leaving.” We don’t want to do that. We don’t know.”
Whichever way the Falcons go — stay in the nest or fly the coup — Elliott believes an announcement should come in the coming months. And when it does, it will include only like-minded athletic programs, which in the Falcons’ case are those who put a strong emphasis on football.
“We should have an announcement in a couple months about what we’re going to do, but as of right now we’re still investigating,” he said.
“(But you want) like goals, those are the schools who will go together. We both like fishing; we should get together. You like fishing and I like hunting, why would we even get together? That’s basically what it is."
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