News leaked early on Friday that BYU was close to coming back to the Mountain West Conference after a brief foray into independence. However, according to Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman, the school that's the closest to coming back into the Mountain West is actually San Diego State, not BYU. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson wasn't 100 percent on the Aztecs remaining with them, but said that they're still working on it:
"We'll see where San Diego State takes us or not. That's the next probable, likely step. ... I don't know that we're going to have to get to January 31," Thompson said.
San Diego State was scheduled to leave the Mountain West for the Big East next season, but Louisville's move to the ACC and Boise State's decision to stay in the Mountain West have many of the future Big East teams reconsidering their plans. San Diego State has until the end of January to be readmitted into the conference.
The Aztecs finished the 2012 season at 9-4, and 7-1 in Mountain West conference play. They lost the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to BYU, however, 23-6.