Jun 17, 2010 8:10 PM

Mountain West will stand pat with 9 teams

The Mountain West Conference added one school, lost another.

Now, it's done with expansion.

After gaining Boise State and losing Utah to the Pac-10, the Mountain West has decided to stand pat as a nine-team league for the foreseeable future.

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said Thursday that despite inquiries from about 10 other schools, the conference will likely remain unchanged for at least the next three to five years.

The Mountain West had been linked to teams in the Big 12 North, but Texas's decision to turn down the Pac-10 kept the conference in tact.

With no other marquee schools to pursue, Mountain West officials decided to keep the current structure rather than try to reconfigure its football schedules for 10 or 12 teams.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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