The wheels have been in motion for awhile that the Mountain West was interested in adding Utah State and San Jose State to be the leagues newest members. The latest report comes from CBS Sports Brett McMurphy who is reporting that both schools are expected join the Mountain West for the 2013 season.
The addition of at least one school was necessary since on the basketball side of things the Mountain West would be one team short since Hawai'i is a football-only member. The Mountain West could be adding the UTEP Miners to the league as head coach Mike Price was on the Coaches Playbook on SirusXM this past week and hinted at the move.
If that is the case then the Mountain West would be at 11 teams for football and 10 for basketball, which is not a good number.
However the big news out of this CBS Sports article is that Texas-San Antonio is joining Conference USA in 2013 and the possibility that North Texas, Florida International and Louisiana Tech could join the same year. This would for sure end the WAC who would be losing two teams while putting the Conference USA back at 12 teams after losing Houston, Central Florida, SMU and Memphis to the Big East.
So, this could mean that the Conference USA wants to keep a title game and stay pat at 12 teams and not combine with the Mountain West, which is a possibility. The Mountain West would likely add one of the last WAC teams to get to 12 to host a title game.
With each league at 24 teams they could then move forward with a merger for the 2014 season-- assuming those in charge can make a decision -- and have four division of six teams which has been mentioned in the past. Or they could just do some scheduling alliance to beef up their non-conference schedule.
The one obvious thing from this is that the WAC is dead after this season with UTSA not joining and then Louisiana Tech likely following suit.