JACKSON, Wyoming -- In a news conference Monday, the Mountain West Conference announced it does not plan to expand -- at least not right now.
In other words, Boise State will not receive an invitation into the conference at this time.
Day two of talks with Mountain West presidents began Monday morning in Jackson Hole.
Commissioner Craig Thompson says the decision not to expand was due to the potential shake-ups of other athletic conferences.
Given the uncertainty in the intercollegiate landscape and the potential for significant shifts in the immediate future, the Board did not make a decision to expand at the present time, said Commissioner Craig Thompson. The MWC will continue to monitor developments and conduct its due diligence to prepare for potential scenarios. Our membership is pleased with the strength of the Mountain West and looks forward to continued growth and development.
For example, while the MWC is talking about expansion, so is the Pac-10.
The Pac-10 could be taking six teams from the Big 12, so there is the notion that the Mountain West presidents could opt to wait until the dust settles in the college football landscape before deciding whether to expand.
Thompson says Monday's decision is not final. He says the board could reconsider once the bigger conferences get sorted out.
Boise State is responding to the news.
In a prepared statement, BSU President Bob Kustra says he understands why the MWC made the decision they did.
The Mountain West Conference's decision not to expand is understandable at this time of uncertainty in intercollegiate athletics. Boise State University remains an attractive school for its academics and athletics. Any future conference affiliation should support the long-term vision of the university. The most appropriate action at this juncture is to wait and see how the variables unfold. The opportunity has not been lost. Boise State will continue to grow, develop and excel as one of the premier institutions in the West, competing and partnering with the Western Athletic Conference schools to strengthen and enhance the WAC.
BSUhead football coach Chris Petersen says this does not change anything the Bronco football team has been working towards.
This does not change anything that we have been working on in regards to football. Since the end of last season our players and coaches have been preparing hard for the upcoming season. That is where are total focus is and will continue to be. We have a very challenging non-conference and conference schedule ahead of us and we are not planning to change our goals because of today's decision. The WAC has, and will continue to be a very strong platform to advance Bronco football. We look forward to another demanding and exciting season in 2010.
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Just a few months ago, the BCS laid out a blueprint for how a non-automatic qualifying conference like the Mountain West could be considered for BCS status at the end of the 2012 season.
If the MWC can bring in a team like the Broncos, the conference may have a better shot at scoring higher in certain categories, thus bringing in more money for each team in the league.
In order to get the Broncos in before the end of the evaluation period they must be invited before July 1st so they can join the conference for the 2011 season.
We'll have live updates with Mark Johnson, who is in Jackson Hole, in all of our newscasts Monday.
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Associated Press contributed to this report.