The University of Hawaii officially announced on Friday, that they are leaving the Western Athletic Conference. The Warriors will become a football-playing only member, beginning in 2012, and will compete in the Big West Conference in all other sports. Andy Katz, of, has the story, below.

Vili Fehoko, the University of Hawaii Mascot cheers as the University of Hawaii Warriors prepare to take the field in their season opener at Aloha Stadium September 2, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Hawaii is leaving the WAC and has accepted a football-only membership in the Mountain West Conference for the 2012-13 season, according to the MWC.

The Warriors will play the rest of their sports in the Big West Conference. The Warriors women's teams used to compete in the Big West, which currently is an all-California league.