The BCS, in its current form, is dead, though there will be a two-year mourning period before the college football playoffs begin. In the meantime, though, the Mountain West Conference will remain on the outside looking in, thanks to some news that came on the heels of Tuesday's big announcement.
The MWC has been trying to claw its way into the current, and soon-to-be former, BCS system, but was hit with a stiffarm again on Tuesday.
BCS denies Mountain West request for automatic berth— Bronco Beat (@IDS_BroncoBeat) June 26, 2012
Good job, good effort!
In all seriousness, it was always unlikely the Mountain West would be granted an automatic berth. The shift in the college football landscape, thanks to what feels like continuous realignment, has left the MWC weakened, squashing any hopes of earning the status it's so coveted.
On the plus side, this likely won't matter in two years!
For more on this development, visit Mountain West Connection.