Mountain West, Conference USA Officially Introduce New Members

A week's worth of conference realignment rumors have found a stopping point for the time being: Both the Mountain West and Conference USA announced new additions on Friday, with the former bringing out San Jose State and Utah State and the latter picking up Charlotte, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, North Texas and Texas-San Antonio.

All will join their new leagues for the 2013 seasons, but Charlotte won't start playing football at the FBS level until 2015. It had previously been reported at CBS Sports that both Charlotte and Old Dominion would join in football for 2013. ODU, for its part, is saying that it hasn't really had time to make up its mind regarding such a plunge.

As for the hoped-for merger (or whatever we're calling it) between the two conferences, the MWC's statement mentions that the two leagues "synchronized" their additions, with CUSA commissioner Britton Banowsky adding in his own statement: "The discussions with the Mountain West are ongoing. What form the relationship will take is still to be determined, but both remain committed to working together."


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