BYU Bolting Mountain West
After weeks of consideration, BYU has made it official. The school is leaving the Mountain West Conference to become an independent in football starting next season. The Cougars will join the West Coast Conference for all other sports starting in 2011. BYU was a charter member of the MWC when it formed in 1998, but the school is reportedly not satisfied with the league’s television contract and wants more national exposure. The decision by rival Utah to leave the Mountain West for the Pac-10 next season was reportedly also a factor in BYU’s move. Earlier this summer, the school reportedly was on the verge of announcing a deal to move all non-football sports to the Western Athletic Conference, but that plan fell apart after WAC members Fresno State and Nevada-Reno announced they were leaving for the Mountain West. BYU will become just the fourth independent in major college football, joining Army, Navy, and Notre Dame.