In a move that suprises no one, the Mountain West Conference is now dead. Or more exactly, will be dead in probably 2013. The zombie of the Mountain West has agreed with the zombie of Conference USA to create a new conference as part of a new association, and not a merger of mutilated corpses.
All in all, this means that the death of the Mountain West that started with the departure of the Utes, and then aided by TCU, BYU, Boise, SDSU, and soon maybe even AFA, also jumping ship, has now finally come to pass.
Hopefully the new conference will be at least smart enough not to let the worst conference commissioner in college football, the brain dead Craig Thompson, anywhere near the new conference.
The good news of course, is this will also probably signal the death of the weight around the neck of a TV contract, and channel that is the MTN. It'll be a shame to see a channel with such great production values pass on.
In all honesty, the Mountain West wasn't all bad. After the bloated disaster of the 16 team WAC, the Mountain West gave the Utes a great opportunity to take a leap to the next level. It was only the last few years, about the time of the aforementioned tv contract, that the MWC, and Craig Thompson, became an anchor dragging Utah, and others, down. And while I still believe that an automatic qualifying conference that consisted of Utah, TCU, Boise, and BYU would have been a great conference, it was painfully obvious that the Cartel never would have allowed them in. And with the impending removal of automatic qualifiers, access to the big bowls will become even more strict than it has been since Utah first busted the BCS.