Just two weeks ago, it was reported that Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson and Conference USA Commissioner Britton Bankowski visited the campus of Utah State. Now according to a source with insider information the Mountain West and the Utah St. Aggies are very interested in each other.
Whatever the plan is for the get together that the Mountain West and Conference USA are doing is playing a roll, and the addition of Utah State at the very least is to get the Mountain West to eight teams for non-football sports. As it stands now in the fall of 2013 the men's and women's basketball side would be at seven teams, and Utah State is an above average basketball program and would be in the top third of the league from the start.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a decision on Utah State as well as the San Jose St. Spartans could be made within the next 30-90 days. If the Mountain West is looking to get to a title game and then have some sort of playoff against Conference USA as was the original plan then the Mountain West would need to add San Jose State, Utah State and two other schools to make that happen. As of now there are not enough quality teams to go forward with that.
It ultimately comes down to the alliance and how many teams are going to be a part of the final plan with the Mountain West and Conference USA.