"Adding Boise State might not stop a Utah or TCU from jumping to the Pac-10 or Big 12 if either eventually reached that point -- but the league won't necessarily be a sitting duck, either. For all its cuddly, smurf-turf origins, Boise State is now a nationally renowned program that will likely start in the preseason top five this summer. BYU and TCU have rich histories that include national champions and Heisman winners. Utah and Boise have both notched multiple undefeated seasons over the past six years.
You'd be talking about a pretty buzz-worthy conference that, once the dust clears, may not have to fight so hard for respect. With all the money ESPN and FOX are throwing around these days, the Mountain West could even find itself on a network where people can see it once its current deals with Comcast and CBS College Sports expire in 2014.
This seems like a no-brainer, Mountain West presidents."