Digging around, looking for reasons for the present predicament the Mountain West finds itself in, I came across this article, written in August. If it is true, the personal/professional relationships that the Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson has with BYU and, more importantly, with ESPN are what are holding the conference back. Could the MW commissioner be the thing keeping the conference tied to the Mtn. and out of national exposure? Has he become a liability to the conference?