Utah State, who just unveiled new uniforms, and San Jose State are set to join the Mountain West Conference in 2013, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune.
The newspaper, citing anonymous sources, reported the switch will become official in the next seven to 10 days.
Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes cautioned that the deal was not yet final, but sources told the Tribune that “the move will happen, barring something totally unforeseen.”
The Mountain West is planning a partnership with Conference USA that would create a new league with as many as 24 schools. Recent reports indicate that a planned merger of the two leagues probably won’t happen. But a football championship game between the two conferences remains a possibility.
Texas-San Antonio is set to join Conference USA, and UTSA official have told regents that three other WAC members have declared their intentions to defect. Utah State and San Jose State would account for two of them, though its not clear which other of the remaining football-playing WAC teams — Idaho, New Mexico State, Louisiana Tech, or Texas State — would also leave the conference.
University of Texas System Board of Regents has scheduled a vote for Wednesday, and chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has recommended approving the move only months before UTSA is set to begin its first season in the WAC.