When the Boise St. Broncos and Mountain West Conference jointly announced that the Broncos would be returning (or more accurately, not leaving) the MWC Monday afternoon, it set the dominoes falling. How fast the dominoes fall remains to be seen.
From the looks of it, the domino representing the San Diego St. Aztecs is falling achingly slow.
The Aztecs were part of a package deal with Boise State in the deal to create a West Division of the retooled Big East Conference when it was announced over the summer. Now that the Broncos are no longer Big East bound, SDSU will be welcomed back with open arms, right?
Not so fast, reports ESPN's Brett McMurphy in his update to the story from the World Wide Leader that broke the news on the Broncs decision to not leave for the Big East:
A Mountain West conference source with knowledge of the situation said San Diego State wants back in the Mountain West, but the league is holding up the process as it decides whether there is a better fit than the Aztecs and if there is a school that can deliver more value.
The source said if SDSU returns to the Mountain West, the Aztecs would have to come back on the conference's terms.
Such a reaction isn't a shock considering how vociferous SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk has been about leaving the MWC.
McMurphy also reported this gem from his source:
The league is holding up the process as it decides whether there is a better fit than the Aztecs and if there is a school that can deliver more value.
But McMurphy's word isn't the final one.