Jun 7, 2010 3:52 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Mountain West opts not to expand

The conference that the Air Force Academy plays in--the Mountain West--will not grow. At least, not right now.

Commissioner Craig Thompson announced Monday that Boise State will not be invited to join the conference. He says the decision not to expand the nine-team Mountain West is due to the potential shake-ups of other athletic conferences. Officials from the Big Ten, Pac-10 and Big 12 are all considering adding new schools.

Thompson says Monday's decision is not final. He says the board could reconsider once the other bigger conferences get sorted out. The board has met the last several days in Jackson, Wyoming.

Boise State had hoped to get an invitation to join the Mountain West as a way to generate more revenue, increase competition and get a clearer shot at college football's Bowl Championship Series.


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