Mountain West opts to stay at 12 conference members for time being

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson confirmed that the MWC "will not engage" in discussions on expansion at this time, according to Mark Zeigler of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The final decision "came at a meeting of the conference’s presidents and athletic directors Tuesday night." Thompson: “We’re going to stand pat. The athletic directors and board have been talking for a number of weeks, very thoroughly discussing all kinds of options. Our position right now is we’re very comfortable with the 12 football-playing institutions." The AAC initially "courted San Diego State, Boise State, Colorado State and Air Force – even offering, according to some sources, to help defray the $12.5 million exit fee." Thompson last month said that part of the MWC membership "wanted to consider expansion, if for no other reason than as a pre-emptive strike should SDSU, Boise State or someone else be invited to join a power conference one day" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/21).

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