Report: SJSU to join Mountain West Conference

by Apr 29, 2012 5:54 pm Tags: , , , , ,

SJSU will be moving from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West Conference, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, who said the school will switch conferences barring something unforeseen.

The news, which was first reported on Sunday afternoon, has Utah State also making the move to the MWC.

SJSU sports information director Lawrence Fan has confirmed that SJSU is in discussions to join the conference, and MWC commissioner Craig Thompson reportedly toured SJSU in late March.

The two schools' departures may cause the WAC to no longer exist.  Louisiana Tech University and the University of Texas at San Antonio recently made the move from the WAC to Conference USA, which would leave the WAC with just three football-playing schools.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the deal regarding the move to the MWC could become official as early as next week.

SJSU had been considered a finalist to join the MWC for the past few months, as the conference has been looking to expand as well as combine with Conference USA.

The MWC and Conference USA have reportedly been in negotiations to merge together to form one conference but nothing has become official, according to said if SJSU and Utah State do make the move official, they would become a part of the MWC by 2013.

SJSU is planning to build a 60,000-square-foot state-of-the-art football complex near the north end of Spartan Stadium, which they will call the Bill Walsh Center.

The two-building project is scheduled to be completed before the 2013 football season.

The Spartans are reportedly making the move to the MWC just weeks after Tom Bowen resigned as the school's athletic director.

Marie Tuite has been named the interim director of athletics, but the school will conduct a nationwide search for the new athletic director this summer, according to SJSU Athletics.

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