Boise State joins Mountain West

It’s official: Boise State will be joining the Mountain West Conference.

The MWC announced Friday that the Broncos have accepted an invite to join the league as its 10th member, effective July 1, 2011.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome Boise State University to the Mountain West Conference,” said Commissioner Craig Thompson. “Since our inception just 11 short years ago, the Mountain West has experienced tremendous success, and the addition of Boise State will further enhance that strength. The MWC continues to strategize regarding potential membership scenarios and bringing Boise State into the Conference is an important part of that evolution.”

The MWC was founded with eight members in 1998. TCU, which the Broncos beat in the Fiesta Bowl in January, became a member in 2005, and Boise will become the second school to join the conference since that time. The league also includes tradition-rich Brigham Young and Utah.

The Broncos have compiled a 49-4 record and won three WAC titles in four years under the direction of head coach Chris Petersen.

“The invitation to join the Mountain West Conference reflects the excellence that Boise State University has demonstrated academically and athletically,” said Boise State President Robert Kustra. “It will be a privilege to compete and partner with such a successful group of member institutions. This move is in the best interests of Boise State’s future, and the university is excited to be part of one of the nation’s most outstanding conferences.”

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