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Mountain West decides not to expand

The Mountain West Conference, which is trying to position itself strongly as the landscape of college athletics continues to rapidly change, has decided not to expand at this time.

The Mountain West Board of Directors, meeting in Las Vegas, released a statement on Tuesday. According to the statement, the topics discussed included television, the BCS and membership.

There was speculation that the Mountain West might add Utah State and San Jose State to bring its membership to 12.

BYU and Utah leave the conference in July, but Boise State will move from the WAC to the Mountain West. Boise State's addition gives the Mountain West eight schools, with TCU, Colorado State, San Diego State, Air Force, Wyoming, UNLV and New Mexico.

TCU will leave the Mountain West in July 2012, but Fresno State and Nevada will join the conference. Hawaii will also join as a football-only school in 2012.

The Board of Directors said this in the statement: "The Board feels strongly the membership configuration already established going forward creates outstanding prospects for future success."


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