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Report: Utah State may be near deal to join Mountain West

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Talk about kicking a brother when he’s down.

As if losing Boise State, Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii to the Mountain West wasn’t already enough to pull the WAC off life support, it now appears the MWC is bypassing torture altogether and going straight for the throat.

As you may, or may not, recall, the Mountain West was meeting yesterday and today to discuss TV deals, scheduling and, of course, conference expansion.

According to the Deseret News, sources close to the situation are saying that Mountain West members are expected to vote “yes” on conference expansion and “yes” on inviting Utah State. And, in the spirit of twisting the proverbial knife, Utah State is expected to accept the invitation.

For the Mountain West, the addition of USU would provide access to the Salt Lake media market lost with the departures of BYU and Utah. For Utah State? Well, they would probably just be happy to be part of a conference that’s not imploding.

If the sources turn out to be correct, it would be another devastating blow to a conference already down to a handful of  really sub-par programs — and that’s not even to mention San Jose State, who was apparently on the MWC’s radar last week. No word has been given (yet) about SJSU’s involvement in the conference expansion negotiations.

Funny, I think I hear “Taps” being played …

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5 Responses to “Report: Utah State may be near deal to join Mountain West”
  1. teke184 says: Jan 25, 2011 12:03 PM

    Utah State joining the MWC is freaking HILARIOUS to me considering they played intermediary between the WAC and BYU in the covert negotiations for BYU to leave the MWC and become an independent.

    I wonder if BYU is going to reconsider their affiliation if the WAC can no longer provide them with 6 guaranteed football games a year.

  2. dj1972 says: Jan 25, 2011 1:34 PM

    So when is La Tech going to jump to the Sun Belt? They could even conceivably go to C-USA…anything would be a better fit than the WAC.

    BYU may be better off being affiliated with the WCC for their other sports, home to many other like minded, religious schools (even if they aren’t as big).

  3. centexhorn says: Jan 25, 2011 2:23 PM

    Don’t do it! What about upstart programs like Texas State and UTSA!? It sounds like the WAC needs to merge with Conference USA or something if it wants to stay alive. This sucks.

  4. dj1972 says: Jan 25, 2011 3:02 PM

    Belay my last…BYU IS joining the WCC in all sponsored sports except football. Non-sponsored BYU sports programs such as men’s volleyball and swimming will join organizations like the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, whatever that is.

    Reference: http://www.byucougars.com/Filing.jsp?ID=14530

    Regarding what’s left of the WAC (SJSU, NMSU, Idaho, LaTech and the other three newbies), it’s possible that one other will be invited to the MWC, bringing their conference to 12. Of those three:

    – Idaho is a solid school, but in middle of nowhere and has subpar overall athletics;
    – NMSU is slightly larger than Idaho, but also in the middle of nowhere and also has subpar overall athletics;
    – SJSU is large, in a good market, but does not draw anyone for football (or any other sport), has questionable support in the university community and was contemplating dropping to FCS in football not too long ago

    Which would have the most growth potential, or are they all crummy choices? Maybe the conference is better off going back to FCS at this point.

  5. edgy says: Jan 25, 2011 4:17 PM

    I think that New Mexico State is out of the running. Idaho is good for Boise State while San Jose State gives them a northern Cal team to balance out southern Cal and might be good for recruiting because it could mean a trip back to Cal every year, for the other division.

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