Washburn applies for RMAC status

Max Moses

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Wednesday, March 19, 1969.

Washburn University’s Board of Regents voted unanimously last week to apply for admission to the Rocky Mountain Conference for next season.

Present at the meeting was the commissioner of the RMAC and Mike Sarkesian, Washburn’s athletic director. The commissioner indicated that acceptance into the RMAC would necessitate a vote by the presidents of various colleges and universities now participating in both divisions of the conference.

He promised that voting would begin as soon as possible but that it would still take a couple of weeks for the results of the polling to be complete. He did, however, indicate that he felt that Washburn would be accepted honorably by the other members of the conference and would undoubtedly be an asset to the organization.

Seven Schools

The addition of Washburn to the conference would make a total of seven schools in the Plains Division and eight schools in the Mountain Division. The other schools in the Plains Division along with Washburn include, Omaha, Emporia State, Pittsburg State, Fort Hays State, Southern Colorado State, and Colorado State College.

One problem that will be encountered with Washburn’s joining the league is that of scheduling. Although Washburn already has scheduled all the teams in the league in football, it has not made arrangements to play the two Colorado schools in basketball.

Acceptance Soon

Athletic director Mike Sarkesian indicated that as soon as he was notified of formal acceptance arrangements could be made with some of the schools already scheduled in order to work in the two Colorado teams.

According to the Board of Regents, developments during the past few months since the actual formation of the league have made it possible for Washburn to join the conference without any added financial burden. It was previously thought that the expenses that would be incurred in the league would be too large for feasible involvement in the league.