"The decision by Western leaves only four Division II football programs west of Colorado — Central Washington, Western Oregon, Humboldt State (Calif.) and Dixie State in Utah — all members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. There remains the possibility of the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Canada joining Division II in the next few years should the Canadian schools meet NCAA regulations and provide additional regional opponents."This raises questions if the juice is worth the squeeze for Simon Fraser and UBC. They lose a quick and easy road trip to the Bellingham, Wash., school, and they are joining a conference whose image and strength just took a maor hit.
— Longview Daily News
That's not necessarily a deal-breaker, since the move was more about other team sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball) than it is about football. However, this drives up the expenses of the latter, since it means more travel. It also makes one wonder how strong the Great Northwest Athletic Conference is when it just a lost Western Washington, which had a 98-year football tradition.
One can only assume, with the economy going the way it is, that Western Washington is not going to be the only D-2 or D-3 school that might have to bite the bullet. The schools who are low on the college football pecking order are being hit hard by shrinking revenues and expanding costs.
The only Canadian on Western Washington's roster was Kyle Miller, a freshman defensive back from Surrey, B.C. The school is honouring players' scholarships, although all will be eligible to play right away if they enrol at another school.
Western Washington University drops football program (Ben Zimmerman, Longview Daily News)
Sad day as Western drops football for money reasons (Steve Kelley, Seattle Times)
Western Washington cuts football program (Associated Press)