Mountain West Conference

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Colorado State University playing football against the United States Air Force Academy

The Mountain West Conference (abbreviated as either "MW" or "MWC") is a group of colleges and universities in the Western United States, who play NCAA Division I sports against one another. It was formed in 1999 when eight schools split from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Most of the original members had been members of the WAC before it expanded from 10 schools to 16 in 1996.

Due to an ongoing major realignment of Division I conferences, the MW and Conference USA announced plans to merge into one conference, possibly for the 2013–14 school year.[1] However, because of money issues, the conferences backed away from a full merger. They are now likely to form an alliance for scheduling and television purposes, but remain separate leagues.[2]

Current members[change | edit source]

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, more often known as Hawaiʻi, is a member in football only.

Former members[change | edit source]

Two of the charter members, plus one later addition, are no longer in the conference:

Future members[change | edit source]

Two schools will join as all-sports members in July 2013.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Katz, Andy (February 13, 2012). "MWC, C-USA to form new conference". Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  2. McMurphy, Brett (April 17, 2012). "Conference USA-Mountain West merger "unlikely"". College Football Insider ( Retrieved April 27, 2012.