By Brian Murphy
The Mountain West and San Diego State are having daily conversations about the Aztecs' football future, Commissioner Craig Thompson told the Idaho Statesman on Friday.
Thompson said the league's conversations with BYU are not on that level.
"The conversations are fluid and timely with San Diego State," Thompson said. "That would not be the case with BYU."
Thompson said a decision about San Diego State will likely come before Jan. 31. As per Boise State's agreement with the Mountain West, the Aztecs' first option to join the league ends on that date.
"We'll see where San Diego State takes us or not. That's the next probable, likely step. ... I don't know that we're going to have to get to January 31," Thompson said.
If San Diego State does remain in the league, Thompson expects the Mountain West to play the 2013 football season with 12 members. There has been talk about the league growing past 12 with Texas schools (Houston, SMU or UTEP).
"I would say with about 99 percent chance on January 4 that we will be either an 11-team or a 12-team league for 2013."