Breaking News: Houston Expected To Join The Mountain West Conference

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IAugust 20, 2010

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 17: Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars runs the ball against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Robertson Stadium November 17, 2007 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 35-28. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Update: (2:45pm CDT) CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd is now reporting that he spoke with MWC commissioner Craig Thompson who tells Dodd that he has not spoken with the University of Houston.

Just when you thought we were done seeing the Mountain West steal teams from other conferences, news has broke that they have have stolen one more.

According to CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd via Twitter, the University of Houston will make the jump from Conference USA to the Mountain West, becoming the 12th team in the conference. That is, if BYU stays where they are.

Houston was a name that was floated around in several rumors as soon as Fresno State and Nevada accepted their invitation. There was one spot open, and Houston made the most sense.

There were some who thought Houston would be better off staying in the conference they were in, but it seems that they have wasted no time in accepting the Mountain West's invitation. Dodd is expected to be with Darren Smith 1090 AM in San Diego at 12:15pm PDT to explain the situation and give his take on what happens next.

With this addition, it would take the conference to 12 teams, allowing them to split into two divisions thus creating a conference championship game.

There have been plenty of conjectures and guesses as to how these divisions would be set up. One division would be to the north, the other to the south.


This is one way it could look:


North: Fresno State, Boise State, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado State, Air Force


South: BYU, TCU, Houston, San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico


Looking at the above split, it would seem that Boise State would, once again, be the dominant factor in the north, so why not bring Fresno State to the south and send BYU to the north?

That's absolutely one way to do it and it would make both divisions very competitive and give Boise State a run for their money instead of an easy coast to another division title.

While Dodd seems to be the only one, that I've seen reporting this, we might see more confirmation come from the Mountain West itself or the University of Houston announcing their decision.

This has been a big week for the Mountain West, and it seems it's just keeps getting better.