By Brian Murphy
San Diego State president Stephen Weber said the Mountain West Conference is considering additional expansion to bring Boise State's new league to 12 members, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Mountain West and Hawaii have acknowledged discussions about adding the Warriors' football team to the conference. If Hawaii does join the Mountain West, the league would have 11 teams.
“Hawaii is not the only school that we’re interested in and have had informal conversations with,” Weber told the newspaper. “It’s the first one that’s gone far enough that we’re willing to literally authorize the commissioner to begin to talk seriously.”
In the story, Weber sheds some insight into the pros and cons of adding Hawaii.
Weber said the league presidents would meet in January and he expects the topic of a 12th member to come up at those meetings.
“There is certainly some interest in getting to 12 if we could and contemplating perhaps a divisional setup where you’d have two six-team divisions,” Weber said. “But we’re a long way form that. There’s going to be a meeting in January. It’s been scheduled for a long time, and we’ll probably be making some advances in nailing this stuff down.”
Expect the typical names to be batted around on this: Houston, UTEP, SMU and Utah State for starters.
A spokesman for Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson told the Statesman on Friday that there is "no definitive timeline" for making a decision about or officially inviting Hawaii.
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