BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University has accepted the invitation to join the Mountain West Conference, today (June 11), becoming the 10th member institution, effective July 1, 2011.
"The invitation to join the Mountain West Conference reflects the excellence that Boise State University has demonstrated academically and athletically," said Boise State President Bob Kustra. "It will be a privilege to compete and partner with such a successful group of member institutions. This move is in the best interests of Boise State's future, and the university is excited to be part of one of the nation's most outstanding conferences."
Boise State joins the United States Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, Texas Christian University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Utah and University of Wyoming.
"We are pleased and excited to welcome Boise State University to the Mountain West Conference," said Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson. "Since our inception just 11 short years ago, the Mountain West has experienced tremendous success, and the addition of Boise State will further enhance that strength. The MWC continue to strategize regarding potential membership scenarios and bringing Boise State into the Conference is an important part of that evolution."
Boise State is the second institution to join the Mountain West; TCU became a member in 2005. The Mountain West Conference began with eight members in 1998. Boise State's previous conference affiliations included the Big Sky from 1970-1996, Big West from 1996-2001 and the Western Athletic Conference from 2001-present.
"Membership in the Mountain West Conference is a milestone moment for the entire Bronco sports program," added Boise State Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier. "The new alignment will help out student-athletes by minimizing distant travel and developing more intermountain competition. The Western Athletic Conference has been an integral part of our growth and success. We will always be proud of our affiliation with those schools and thankful for the opportunities."
While in the WAC, the Boise State football team captured seven conference championships in eight seasons, while posting six undefeated conference season along the way (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009). The Broncos' seven WAC titles ties for the second most in league history as BYU won 19 WAC crowns as a member of the league, while Arizona State and Wyoming each won seven titles while they were in the WAC.
In addition to the football program's success, Boise State has dominated the conference in several others sports, accounting for 27 conference championships in nine sports. Men's tracks and field has garnered six (four indoor, two outdoor), men's tennis claimed five, gymnastics captured three, women's basketball posted two while women's soccer, men's basketball, women's tennis and swimming and diving each earned on a piece.
About the Mountain West Conference...
The Mountain West Conference has produced over 500 All-America selections among its 19 sponsored sports in the last 10 years, including a league-record 53 All-America honorees in 2004-05. Mountain West institutions have captured seven NCAA team championships over the last 11 years. BYU has claimed three national titles in women's cross country and two in men's volleyball, while New Mexico and Utah have one national crown in each in skiing. Additionally, the MSC has had several NCAA individual national champions in the sports of men's golf, indoor gold, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.
Mountain West Conference members have participated in 41 bowl games in 11 years, led by Utah's 9-0 mark in postseason contests. The MWC has earned 49 postseason bids in men's basketball; including 26 NCAA Tournament appearances and two NIT Final Four berths. MWC women's basketball has tallied 50 postseason bids, including 29 NCAA bids, five Sweet 16 appearances and one Elite Eight berth since 2000. Wyoming won the MWC's first WNIT championship in 2007 with a win over Wisconsin.
In women's volleyball, the MWC has had 31 NCAA bids with eight Sweet 16 berths and one Elite Eight appearance. Women's soccer has earned 23 NCAA bids since 1999, including multiple berths in six of the last eight years, with BYU advancing to the Sweet 16 in 200 and the Elite Eight in 2003. MWC men's golf has had at least four representatives in each of the last 11 NCAA Golf Regionals, while women's tennis has had at least two teams participate in NCAA Regionals each of the last 10 years.
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|Colors||Blue and Silver||Dark Blue and White||Green and Gold||Cherry and Silver||Scarlet and Black|
|Location||USAF Academy, Colo.||Provo, Utah||Fort Collins, Colo.||Albuquerque, N.M.||San Diego, Calif.|
|TCU||UNLV||Utah||Wyoming||Mountain West Conference|
|Purple and White||Scarlet and Gray||Crimson and White||Brown and Gold||Purple, Black and White|
|Horned Frogs||Rebels||Utes||Cowboys & Cowgirls||N/A|
|Fort Worth, Texas||Las Vegas, Nev.||Salt Lake City, Utah||Laramie, Wyo.||Colorado Springs, Colo.|