It was reported that the Mountain West, with the specter of BYU potentially leaving looming ominously over the conference, had approached Fresno State and Nevada about jumping ship from the WAC.
24 hours and one official invitation later, one of those schools is indeed headed overboard.
Citing sources with knowledge of the situation, the Fresno Bee is reporting that Fresno State has accepted the Mountain West’s invitation and will become the conference’s ninth team — for now. An official announcement is expected at some point today.
Interestingly, the Bee reports that the Bulldogs’ decision to join the MWC is independent of BYU leaving to become a football independent, although that seems to be a matter of when and not if.
With the Bulldogs accepting their invitation, Nevada will likely follow suit as it would make little or no sense for them to stay in a conference that’s lost their two flagships — Boise State and Fresno State.