MOUNT USA Doomed

Brett McMurphy reads the last rites for sport's would've-been greatest monstrosity, the proposed merger between the Mountain West and Conference USA:

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The leagues had hoped to dissolve and form a new league or merge into one league for the 2013-14 season, but that is now "unlikely" at least for the immediate future, sources said. Even though the leagues would remain separate, they are still working together to figure out a way to share television, marketing and scheduling resources.

"There is not much talk about a formal merger of the conferences into one conference entity in the near term, but that is still a future consideration," a source said.

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