By Brian Murphy
ATLANTA — The Mountain West will hold a previously scheduled executive board call on Tuesday, commissioner Craig Thompson said Saturday night. The ongoing conference realignment talk will be high on the agenda.
"There couldn't be a better time to call," Thompson said after Boise State's 35-21 victory against Georgia in its first game as a member of the Mountain West.
"It wasn't necessarily for this. There's just so much innuendo and rumor and hearsay and you read the ticker on all the sports things about this guy is talking to that guy and this president is talking. Until things happen, they don't happen. There's just so much out there. We're doing our diligence."
Texas A&M has announced its intention to withdraw from the Big 12 and several outlets have reported that Oklahoma is considering a move to the Pac-12. Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas could go West with the Sooners. Missouri and Kansas could have suitors — the Big East, the Big 10 or the SEC — under those circumstances.
The Mountain West could make an attempt to lure some or all of the remaining schools — programs like Baylor, Iowa State and Kansas State. Or those schools, perhaps with Missouri and Kansas, could attempt to rebuild the Big 12 by poaching teams from the Mountain West.
"There's several options to take and several things to look at. That's all we can do right now, set up for all these different things," Thompson said.
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