The Mountain West Conference is creeping closer day by day to expanding by including the San Jose St. Spartans and the Utah State Aggies, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Both currently members of the Western Athletic Conference, San Jose St. and Utah State are expected to leave for the Mountain West in July 2013, serving notice in 7-10 days.
This move has been discussed for months while the Mountain West and Conference USA have a discussed what their future plans entailed. While a new conference between the two entities is unlikely to happen, both conferences needed to expand to make up for teams that departed for the big BCS conferences. The Aggies and the Spartans aren't going to make up for the loss of Boise State and TCU, but the Mountain West will certainly maintain its credibility as strong non-BCS conference, or whatever we'll call them once the BCS changes to a playoff system.
The WAC is becoming an endangered species in football since Texas-San Antonio and La. Tech are reportedly heading to Conference USA. While the WAC does pick up several schools this summer, most of those schools lack football teams, like the Denver Pioneers.
And once this ends, conference realignment is still unlikely to be finished any time soon.