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Mountain West Conference Expansion Not Happening; Sorry, Utah State And San Jose State

With reports coming out that the Mountain West Conference was considering adding Utah State and San Jose State at some point this week, the conference released a statement Tuesday announcing it’ll stand pat for now.

Though the MWC is losing TCU, Utah, and BYU, they’re gaining Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, and Hawaii. With 10 teams on board, they won’t be able to hold a football championship game, which would’ve been the conference’s only real reason for adding Utah State or San Jose State. In the past they’ve even considered North Texas as a potential filler school.

From the conference’s website:

Over the past two days, the Board of Directors has engaged in a very thorough discussion of several key topics pertinent to the future of the Mountain West Conference. This has included, but not been limited to, issues related to television, the Bowl Championship Series and membership.

The Board feels strongly the membership configuration already established going forward creates outstanding prospects for future success. In addition, we are continuing with our strategic initiatives related to our television partnerships and the MWC’s efforts to effect change in the BCS structure. The Board is excited about what is undoubtedly a bright future for the Conference.

Whether this offseason’s conference realignment family fun will be as exciting as last year’s remains to be seen, but it sure is starting nice and early.

For more MWC, visit Mountain West Connection.