Gonzaga Basketball Reportedly Could Move to Mountain West Conference

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 06:  Rui Hachimura #21 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs cuts down a net after defeating the Brigham Young Cougars 74-54 to win the championship game of the West Coast Conference basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena on March 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs' reign over the West Coast Conference may be coming to an end.

Not because any team is on the verge of dethroning them, though. It's because they could soon find themselves in a new conference.

According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, there is mutual interest between Gonzaga and the Mountain West for the Bulldogs to join the conference. Per Dodd, a decision will come within the next two weeks "in a perfect world."

"In a perfect world, we're going to be making a decision in the next couple of weeks here," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said, per Dodd. "But there is no such thing as perfect worlds in the crazy world of college athletics."

The Bulldogs have faced very little resistance over the years as they have dominated the West Coast Conference. They have won an astounding 21 of the past 25 regular-season conference titles, including the past six.

Coach Mark Few has compiled an incredible 535-118 record during his 19 seasons in Spokane. Not only has he built a consistent tournament team, but he has also turned the Bulldogs into championship contenders, making the national title game in 2017.

The Mountain West may provide Gonzaga with a little bit more competition than it's used to. Two teams from the conference made the Big Dance this season, with the Nevada Wolf Pack making it to the Sweet 16.

Of course, the Mountain West would love to add a prominent program like Gonzaga to the mix.

Nothing is set in stone, but it looks like there could be a move in the works.

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