REPORT: Hawai'i To Join Mountain West Conference As Football Only Member

UPDATE: Watch the Hawai'i press conference announcement.

Looks like the expansion front is not over as a report coming out of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that Hawai'i has been offered to join the Mountain West in football only and the other sports in the Big West. The report says that Mountain West officials had a meeting today to approve adding Hawai'i as a football-only member of the conference. A press conference is being held tonight at 7 p.m. Hawai'i time which is midnight eastern to make the announcement.

I am skeptical of this because Craig Thompson has said multiple times that to be a member of the Mountain West schools must participate in football, mens and women's basketball and women's volley ball. During the summer when BYU was making their move to go independent Craig Thompson said there would be no concessions made to BYU to keep them in the league.  There were suggestions of BYU going independent in football with other sports staying in the Mountain West, but that was not an option according to Craig Thompson.

This is either a move to ultimately rip apart the WAC, who just assumed they shored up their league by adding Texas State, University of Texas at Austin for football and Denver for non-football sports. Also, this could be a move if TCU goes to the Big East for football only while keeping the rest of the sports in the Mountain West, or this could be nothing.

The Big West is known as the California Bus League and I am not sure how these schools who bus to -- I think -- all of their games can now afford to go to Hawai'i one a year for basketball, soccer, volleyball or baseball. Only Cal Poly and UC-Davis have football and they are on the FCS level. 

If there is a press conference tonight at 7 p.m. Hawai'i time which again is midnight on the east coast stay tuned here for that.

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