In recent years, it seems that the scope of college athletics has changed like never before; long-existing rivalries have ended as teams have jumped to new conferences and the money-machine that is college football has affirmed its position as the dominant force in college sports.

Photo from the MWC

Perhaps no conference has seen such movement as the Mountain West Conference which was created nearly 15 years ago by a group of teams leaving their conferences in favor of greater revenues and better competition. The bug to seek greener pastures did not leave some of the conference members however, and in the past two years, we have seen the departure of such teams as BYU, Utah, TCU and the planned departure of San Diego State and Boise State.

Boise State only joined the Mountain West in 2011, so their swift exit is one of the most extreme examples of the modern swinging door of college athletics, but the MWC has added many other teams recently as well. In fact, beginning this fall, Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii will all be making their conference debut.

Though speculation was given to the topic of even more teams being added to the MWC, two schools were officially announced last week as part of (another) facelift to the Mountain West. San Jose State and Utah State will be the newest members of the MWC lineup, and their addition was recently discussed in a tele-conference from Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson.

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