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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Report: BYU out of MWC is done deal

By Jeff Caplan

The Salt Lake City Tribune is reporting that BYU will bolt from the Mountain West Conference after this season, leaving TCU and the other remaining seven schools in limbo.

This is disastrous for the MWC and the Horned Frogs. The next big issue will determine if the MWC completely unravels. Boise State, which agreed to leave the WAC this summer and join the MWC in 2011, could choose to stay in the WAC, a nightmare scenario for the MWC. If the MWC remains intact and opts to expand by two, it is unlikely it can add programs as strong as the two that will depart -- Utah and BYU -- meaning the conference's bid to become a BCS automatic qualifier in two years is all but up in smoke.

The MWC thought it was bolstering its chances when it invited Boise State to bring the conference to 10 teams. Then the MWC thought it might even get stronger in the aftermath of a potential Big 12 meltdown and merger with the remaining schools. Now, the MWC and TCU's No. 7-ranked football program, face a murky immediate future.

BYU plans to compete as an independent in football and rejoin the WAC in all other sports.