A member of the Mountain West Conference board of directors says the league's tentative plans for football extend beyond the addition of Hawaii -- to a 12th team.
Stephen Weber, the president of San Diego State University, spoke to the
San Diego Union-Tribune about the possibility of forming two six-team divisions with a cash-friendly postseason title game.
"But we're a long way from that," Weber said. "There's going to be a meeting in January. It's been scheduled for a long time, and we'll probably be making some advances in nailing this stuff down."
Hawaii president M.R.C. Greenwood has said she is confident her school's football program would be added, declaring after a Thursday phone call with Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson that a "handshake" deal was in place, with the details still left to be negotiated.
Hawaii is the longest-running member of the Western Athletic Conference. But the WAC recently has lost Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State to the Mountain West.
"Hawaii is not the only school that we're interested in and have had informal conversations with," Weber told the Union-Tribune. "It's the first one that's gone far enough that we're willing to literally authorize the commissioner to begin to talk seriously."
Weber wouldn't say what other schools are on the Mountain West's radar. The Union-Tribune reported Conference USA's Houston has been the target of media speculation.
"The good thing is that the Mountain West is not just sitting around," Weber said. "We're thinking and we're talking and we're seeing the world as a changing place and not waiting for it to just surprise us."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.