Friday, February 1, 2013
MWC leaves door for more expansion open
By Brent Sobleski
Further expansion is still a possibility for the Mountain West Conference. The league may not stop at the inclusion of Boise State and San Diego State. San Diego State's recent contract with the Mountain West indicates the conference may not be finished adding teams.
"The Mountain West will have 'twelve or more football members' at the time of the term sheet signing," Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com reported. "Obviously the league still has 12, but it kept that window open just in case."
BYU is the primary "just in case." The Mountain West was in preliminary discussions with BYU's brass throughout the latest round of realignment, but the Cougars aren't ready to relinquish their independence and never fully considered a move back the league it once left. Although, at least one Mountain West athletic director believes BYU will eventually have to make a move. And the move may be back to the Mountain West.
Other possibilities for further Mountain West expansion include UTEP, UTSA, New Mexico State and Tulsa.