MWC commissioner Craig Thompson had his own teleconference Thursday, and SBN's Mountain West Connection confirms that yes, absolutely no one has any idea where BYU will land in all this:
The big thing I noticed from the teleconference was that how evasive he was about BYU's situation and keep saying 'you will have to talk BYU about that.'
He had many chances to confirm something going on with BYU but kept deferring to BYU and repeated that as of this time they are a full fledged member of the Mountain West conference. He also said BYU has not talked to him or any MWC officials about BYU leaving the league in 2011, again I doubt that because BYU wanted to keep this quiet.
The one big thing that Thompson was insistent on was that he would not be giving any special concession to BYU to keep them in the league.
And listen along to Karl Benson's teeth grind as Thompson talks about the "lucrative" (and mysterious!) incentives that lured in Fresno State and Nevada:
Not sure what that means, but it may have something to do with the $5 million exit penalty by the schools. [...] Plus, there is an entry fee to join the Mountain West so who knows if that will be waived. It is not as if the Mountain West is rolling in cash, so not sure what incentives they could be offering. Perhaps BCS status in the near future, but that is something that can not be guaranteed and without BYU no chance in that.
What, indeed? Wine? Women? Paying them in hugs? Speculate away, although if the speed of this particular conference expansion has been any indication, we won't be speculating for long.