Conference USA and the Mountain West will soon dissolve and create one league. What the proposed unnamed 18-to-24 team conference will look like when it starts in the 2013-14 academic year remains a mystery.
But according to Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com, as many as 11 schools have been in talks with either C-USA or the MWC regarding possible membership in the new league -- including each member of the Western Athletic Conference.
The schools that are reportedly in contact with the two leagues are Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Utah State from the WAC; Florida Atlantic, Florida International and North Texas from the Sun Belt; and Charlotte from the Atlantic 10.
There are projected to be 16 C-USA and MWC members in 2013 after several teams join the Big East after the 2012 season, so two to eight new schools will be added to the new joint conference. The schools that are projected to be in the league as of now are East Carolina, Marshall, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB and UTEP from C-USA and Air Force, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada UNLV and Wyoming from the Mountain West.
This isn't too surprising considering the direction college football has been going with conferences slowly expanding. For any team left out of the Big East picture, the C-USA/MWC project is the last remaining viable option for teams wanting to remain relevant in a changing landscape.
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