Friday December 11th, 2015

The Mountain West Conference announced Monday at its annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. that it will not expand beyond its current members.

“Noting the stability and collegiality of the current 12-member configuration, it was agreed no modifications were necessary at the present time,” the league announced in a statement. “The Conference will continue to monitor the membership landscape of intercollegiate athletics going forward.”

Rice and UTEP were potential candidates to join the Mountain West, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported.

Dodd also reported that expansion was not imminent given revenue considerations.

UTEP and Rice have been members of Conference-USA since 2005.

The Mountain West has 12 football members and only 11 basketball-playing schools, with Hawaii presently a member of the Big West Conference.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.