Mountain West Conference


Mountain West Conference
Mountain West Conference
(MW)
Mountain West Conference logo
Established 1999
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 8
(9 full, 1 affiliate in 2012)
Sports fielded 18
(men's: 8; women's: 10)
Region Western &
Southern (TCU)
United States
Headquarters Colorado Springs, Colorado
Commissioner Craig Thompson
(since 1999)
Website themwc.com
Locations
Mountain West Conference locations

The Mountain West Conference (formally abbreviated MW since July 2011; informally MWC), popularly known as the Mountain West, is the youngest of the college athletic conferences affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I FBS (formerly I-A). The MWC officially began operations in July 1999. Geographically, the MW covers a broad expanse of the western United States, with member institutions located in California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming, and has announced expansion into Hawaii in 2012. The conference introduced a new logo for the 2011 season to reflect on the changes. Craig Thompson has served as Commissioner of the MW since its founding in 1999.

Charter members included Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah, and Wyoming. Before forming the Mountain West Conference, seven of the eight charter members had been longtime members of the Western Athletic Conference; half were WAC charter members at its formation in 1962 - UNLV had only joined the WAC in 1996.

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History

The WAC expanded from 10 to 16 universities in 1996, absorbing three teams from the defunct Southwest Conference (SWC) (Rice, SMU, and TCU), adding two from the Big West (San Jose State and UNLV), and Tulsa from the Missouri Valley. After three football seasons, most of the pre-expansion members decided that the new WAC was oversized, and departed to form the Mountain West Conference. The MWC added a ninth team in 2005: TCU, also a former WAC and SWC member, which joined after four seasons in Conference USA.

On June 11, 2010, Boise State University agreed to join the conference as its tenth member. On June 17, 2010, Utah announced it would be leaving the Mountain West to join what would become the Pacific-12 Conference. On August 18, 2010, amidst rumors that Brigham Young was considering leaving the Mountain West to go independent in football and rejoin the Western Athletic Conference in all other sports, the Mountain West Conference officially extended invitations to California State University, Fresno and the University of Nevada, Reno. Fresno State and Nevada accepted and would become the tenth and eleventh members of the league.[1] BYU announced on August 31, 2010 that it would leave the Mountain West Conference and go Independent in football and become a member of the West Coast Conference (WCC) in other sports starting in 2011.[2] On November 29, 2010, Texas Christian University announced all athletic teams would move to the Big East Conference effective in 2012.[3] (Less than a year later, on October 10, 2011, TCU announced it would not join the Big East but would join the Big 12 in 2012 instead.)[4] On December 10, 2010, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa accepted a bid to become the 10th member of the conference for football only.[5] These changes would leave the Mountain West Conference with 10 teams for the 2012 football season.

In recent years, the Mountain West has been very successful in football. The MWC's champion has qualified for a BCS bowl four times since the BCS formula was tweaked to allow non-BCS conferences to play in BCS bowls if ranked in the top 12.

On October 14, 2011 the Mountain West & Conference USA announced a football only alliance forming a 22 team league. [6]

Members

Current members

Institution Nickname Location Type Enrollment Year Joined Endowment Research[7]
United States Air Force Academy Falcons Colorado Springs, Colorado Public 4,417 1998 $24 million $44.3 million
Boise State University Broncos Boise, Idaho Public 21,179 2011 $61 million $11.2 million
Colorado State University Rams Fort Collins, Colorado Public 24,875 1998 $398 million $295.3 million
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels Las Vegas, Nevada Public 29,069 1998 $114 million $50.8 million
University of New Mexico Lobos Albuquerque, New Mexico Public 34,674 1998 $279 million $197.6 million
San Diego State University Aztecs San Diego, California Public 33,790 1998 $109 million $70.0 million
Texas Christian University Horned Frogs Fort Worth, Texas Private 8,696 2005 $1,100 million $3.6 million
University of Wyoming Cowboys Laramie, Wyoming Public 12,496 1998 $220 million $74.7 million

TCU will leave the conference in 2012 to become a member of the Big 12 Conference. This will leave the Mountain West without any private schools.

Future members

Former members

Institution Nickname Location Type Enrollment Year Joins Endowment Research[7]
California State University, Fresno Bulldogs Fresno, California Public 25,613 2012 [8] $91 million $8.0 million
University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack Reno, Nevada Public 17,679 2012 [9] $186 million $102.0 million
Institution Nickname Location Type Enrollment 'Membership Endowment Research[7]
Brigham Young University Cougars Provo, Utah Private 33,000 1999–2011 N/A $25.6 million
University of Utah Utes Salt Lake City, Utah Public 28,211 1999–2011 $513 million $253.9 million

Membership timeline

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa University of Nevada, Reno California State University, Fresno Boise State University Big 12 Conference Texas Christian University University of Wyoming Pacific-12 Conference University of Utah University of Nevada, Las Vegas San Diego State University University of New Mexico Colorado State University West Coast Conference Brigham Young University United States Air Force Academy
Notes

  • Powder Blue bars denote full members.
  • Green bars denote football-only members.
  • Purple bars denote former members

Sports

Locations of Mountain West Conference members in 2012.

The MW sponsors championships in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, women's soccer, softball, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track, and women's volleyball. Many of its member schools participate in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for sports not sponsored by the Mountain West Conference. Two MW members have affiliate memberships with the Pacific-12 Conference - San Diego State for men's soccer and Boise State for wrestling.

Since the 2009-10 season, the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences have held an annual challenge series between all members of the MWC and an equal number of the 10 MVC teams in basketball. The first game was on November 13, featuring the Bradley Braves and the BYU Cougars in Provo and it concluded on December 23 with the Wyoming Cowboys visiting the Northern Iowa Panthers in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The challenge is similar to the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, which pits men's basketball teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference.[10]

Television network

See article MountainWest Sports Network

Conference championships

Men's championship winners

Football Men's Basketball Baseball Cross Country Golf Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track & Field
(Outdoors)
Indoor Track
1999-2000 BYU
CSU
Utah
Regular Season
UNLV/Utah
Tournament
UNLV
Regular Season
New Mexico
Tournament
SDSU
BYU UNLV BYU Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
New Mexico
BYU BYU
2000-2001 CSU Regular Season
BYU/Utah/Wyoming
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
BYU BYU BYU Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
BYU
BYU BYU
2001-2002 BYU Regular Season
Wyoming
Tournament
SDSU
Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
BYU
BYU UNLV BYU Regular Season
and
Tournament
SDSU
BYU CSU
2002-2003 CSU Regular Season
BYU/Utah
Tournament
CSU
Regular Season
and
Tournament
UNLV
BYU New Mexico BYU Regular Season
and
Tournament
SDSU
BYU BYU
2003-2004 Utah Regular Season
Air Force
Tournament
Utah
Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
UNLV
Air Force New Mexico BYU Regular Season
and
Tournament
New Mexico
BYU BYU
2004-2005 Utah Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
New Mexico
Regular Season
and
Tournament
UNLV
BYU New Mexico UNLV Regular Season
and
Tournament
SDSU
BYU BYU
2005-2006 TCU Regular Season
and
Tournament
SDSU
Regular Season
and
Tournament
TCU
BYU New Mexico UNLV Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
TCU
BYU BYU
2006-2007 BYU Regular Season
BYU
Tournament
UNLV
Regular Season
and
Tournament
TCU
BYU BYU UNLV
BYU
Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
UNLV
BYU BYU
2007-2008 BYU Regular Season
BYU
Tournament
UNLV
Regular Season
and
Tournament
TCU
BYU CSU Regular Season
BYU
Tournament
UNLV
Regular Season
New Mexico/TCU/Utah
Tournament
TCU
BYU BYU
2008-2009 Utah Regular Season
BYU/Utah/New Mexico
Tournament
Utah
Regular Season
TCU
Tournament
Utah
BYU TCU Regular Season
and
Tournament
UNLV
Regular Season
TCU
Tournament
New Mexico
BYU BYU
2009-2010 TCU Regular Season
New Mexico
Tournament
SDSU
Regular Season
and
Tournament
TCU
New Mexico CSU Regular Season
TCU
Tournament
UNLV
Regular Season
BYU
Tournament
TCU
BYU BYU
2010-2011 TCU Regular Season
BYU/SDSU
Tournament
SDSU
Regular Season
TCU

Tournament New Mexico

New Mexico SDSU Regular Season
and
Tournament
UNLV
Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
BYU BYU

Source:[11]

Women's championship winners

Women's Basketball Softball Soccer Volleyball Cross Country Golf Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field (Outdoors) Indoor Track
1999-2000 Regular Season
and
Tournament
Utah
Regular Season
and
Tournament
Utah
Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
BYU
Tournament
CSU
BYU New Mexico BYU Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
UNLV
BYU BYU
2000-2001 Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
CSU
Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
CSU
Tournament
BYU
BYU New Mexico BYU Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
BYU BYU
2001-2002 Regular Season
CSU
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
Utah
Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
CSU
Tournament
Utah
BYU New Mexico BYU Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
UNLV
BYU BYU
2002-2003 Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
New Mexico
Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
CSU
Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
CSU
Tournament
Utah
BYU New Mexico BYU Regular Season
UNLV
Tournament
SDSU
BYU BYU
2003-2004 Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
New Mexico
Regular Season
CSU
Tournament
Utah
Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
and
Tournament
CSU
BYU UNLV BYU Regular Season
New Mexico
Tournament
BYU
BYU BYU
2004-2005 Regular Season
and
Tournament
New Mexico
Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
UNLV
Tournament
Utah
Regular Season
and
Tournament
CSU
BYU UNLV UNLV Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
BYU BYU
2005-2006 Regular Season
BYU
Tournament
Utah
Regular Season
SDSU
Tournament
Utah
Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
UNLV
Regular Season
BYU
Tournament
Utah
BYU UNLV Utah Regular Season
and
Tournament
TCU
BYU CSU
2006-2007 Regular Season
BYU
Tournament
New Mexico
BYU Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
UNLV
Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
CSU
BYU TCU Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
BYU and TCU
Tournament
BYU
BYU BYU
2007-2008 Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
New Mexico
SDSU Regular Season
UNLV
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
CSU
Tournament
UNLV
CSU New Mexico Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
TCU
Tournament
UNLV
CSU TCU
2008-2009 Regular Season
Utah/SDSU
Tournament
Utah
BYU Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
Utah New Mexico New Mexico Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
UNLV
Tournament
TCU
BYU BYU
2009-2010 Regular Season
TCU
Tournament
SDSU
BYU Regular Season
BYU
Tournament
SDSU
CSU New Mexico New Mexico Regular Season
and
Tournament
BYU
Regular Season
Utah
Tournament
TCU
BYU BYU
2010-2011 Regular Season
BYU
Tournament
Utah
BYU Regular Season
New Mexico
Tournament
BYU
CSU New Mexico TCU Regular Season
and
Tournament
SDSU
Regular Season
UNLV
Tournament
Utah
BYU BYU
2011-2012 Regular Season

Tournament
Regular Season

Tournament


Regular Season
and
Tournament
Regular Season

Tournament


Football Rivalries

Conference

Schools First
Meeting
Game Trophy Winner
(Last Meeting)
All-time Record
Colorado State Wyoming 1899 Border War Bronze Boot Wyoming Colorado State leads 55-41-5
Air Force Colorado State 1980 Ram-Falcon Trophy Air Force Air Force leads 27-19-1

Future Conference Rivalry Games

Schools First
Meeting
Game Trophy Winner
(Last Meeting)
All-time Record
Boise State Fresno State 1977 Battle of the Milk Can Milk Can Boise State Boise State leads 10–4
Boise State Nevada 1971 Boise State – Nevada rivalry Boise State Boise State leads 25-13
Fresno State Hawaiʻi 1970 Battle of the Screwdriver Golden Screwdriver Hawaiʻi Hawaiʻi leads 16-9-1
Fresno State San Diego State 1923 Fresno State San Diego State leads 26-20-4
Hawaiʻi Wyoming 1979 Paniolo Trophy Wyoming Wyoming leads 12-8
Nevada UNLV 1969 Battle for Nevada The Fremont Cannon Nevada Nevada leads 21-15
Boise State Wyoming 1969 Battle of the Bronco vs Cowboy The Horse Shoe Boise State Boise State leads 3-0

Non-conference (including other sports)

Schools First
Meeting
Game Trophy Reigning Champion
(Last Meeting)
Next
Meeting
Air Force / Army / Navy
1972 Commander-in-Chief's Trophy Air Force (2011) 2012
Boise State Idaho 1971 Battle of Idaho Governor's Cup Boise State (2010)
Colorado State Colorado 1893 Rocky Mountain Showdown Centennial Cup Colorado (2011) 2012
New Mexico New Mexico State 1894 Battle of Interstate 25 Rio Grande Rivalry New Mexico State (2010) 2011
New Mexico Arizona 1908 Kit Carson Rifle New Mexico (2008)
New Mexico UTEP 1919 Rio Grande Championship UTEP (2010) 2012
TCU SMU 1915 Battle for the Iron Skillet The Iron Skillet SMU (2011) 2012
San Diego State San Jose State 1935 San Jose State (2008) 2012

Future non-conference (including other sports)

Schools First
Meeting
Game Trophy Reigning Champion
(Last Meeting)
Next
Meeting
Fresno State Louisiana Tech 2001 Battle for the Bone Louisiana Tech (2011)
Fresno State San Jose State 1921 Valley Rivalry Fresno State (2010) 2011
Hawaii BYU 1930 BYU (2002) 2011

Postseason records

Football Bowl Games
School W L T Winning
Percentage
BCS National Championships
Boise State 7 4 0 .636 2-0 (1980 FCS (then I-AA))
TCU 12 14 1 .461 1-1 2 (1935, 1938)
Fresno State 10 10 0 .500 0-0 0
Air Force 9 9 1 .500 0-0 0
Wyoming 6 6 0 .500 0-0 0
Hawaii 5 5 0 .500 0-1 0
Colorado State 4 8 0 .333 0-0 0
UNLV 3 0 0 1.000 0-0 0
San Diego State 5 4 0 .535 0-0 3 (1966, 1967, 1968 Division 2)
Nevada 4 7 0 .363 0-0 0
New Mexico 3 7 1 .318 0-0 0
Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament
School Appearances W L Wins Per
Appearance
National
Championships
UNLV 17 33 17 2.0625 1 (1990)
Wyoming 14 9 19 .643 1 (1943)
New Mexico 12 7 13 .545 0
TCU 7 5 7 .714 0
Colorado State 8 3 9 .375 0
Nevada 6 4 6 .667 0
Fresno State 5 2 5 .400 0
San Diego State 7 2 7 .143 0
Boise State 5 0 5 .000 0
Air Force 4 0 4 .000 0
Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament
School Appearances W L Wins Per
Appearance
National
Championships
San Diego State 7 4 7 .364 0
New Mexico 8 3 8 .375 0
Colorado State 5 5 5 .500 0
TCU 8 5 8 .385 0
Boise State 2 0 2 .000 0
Fresno State 4 0 4 .000 0
UNLV 8 3 8 .273 0
Wyoming 1 0 1 .000 0
Air Force 0 0 0 .000 0
Nevada 0 0 0 .000 0

Future members in gray. Departing members in pink.

Bowl games

The Mountain West Conference will have agreements with the following bowls for 2010-17:

  • The MWC champion will receive an automatic berth in one of the five BCS bowl games if they are the highest ranked non-automatic qualifying conference champion and either of the following:
    • Ranked in the top 12 of the BCS Rankings. (Utah qualified under this criterion in 2004-05 and 2007–08, and TCU in 2008-09 and 2010–11.)
    • Ranked in the top 16 of the BCS Rankings and its ranking is higher than that of an automatic qualifying conference champion.
  • Maaco Bowl Las Vegas: Las Vegas, Nevada (MWC #1 pick against Pac-10 #5 pick)
  • Poinsettia Bowl: San Diego, California (MWC #2 pick against WAC#1/2/3 pick (2011 & 2012) and Army (2013), with the WAC providing contingency selections in 2010 & 2013)
  • Armed Forces Bowl: Fort Worth, Texas (MWC #4/5 pick against C-USA pick, also has preference for service academies)
  • New Mexico Bowl: Albuquerque, New Mexico (MWC #4/5 pick against WAC #1/2/3 pick)

[1]

Bowl Challenge Cup

ESPN created the Bowl Challenge Cup in 2002 for the conference that had the best college football bowl record among Division I Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The conference has won it four times, more than any other. They finished 4-1 in bowl games in 2011, the best record out of all conferences.[12]

Bowl Challenge Cup Champions
Bowl Season Conference Record %
2002–03 Big Ten 5–2[13] 0.714
2003–04 ACC 5–1[14] 0.833
2004–05 Mountain West 2–1[14] 0.667
2005–06 Big 12 and ACC (Tied) 5–3[14] 0.625
2006–07 Big East 5–0[14] 1.000
2007–08 Mountain West 4–1[15] 0.800
2008–09 Pacific 10 5–0[16] 1.000
2009–10 Mountain West 4–1[17] 0.800
2010–11 Mountain West 4–1 0.800
Number of Bowl Challenge Cup Championships
Conference Times Most Recent
Mountain West 4 2010–11
Atlantic Coast 2005–06(1)
Big Ten 1 2002–03
Big East 1 2006–07
Pacific 10 1 2008–09
Big 12 ½ 2005–06(1)
Conference USA 0
Mid-American 0
Southeastern 0
Sun Belt 0
Western Athletic 0

(1) - Tied for 2005-06 championship.

Conference facilities

School Football Stadium Capacity Basketball Arenas Capacity Baseball Stadium Capacity
Air Force Falcon Stadium 52,480 Clune Arena 5,939 Falcon Baseball Field 1,000
Boise State Bronco Stadium 34,000 Taco Bell Arena 12,820 No baseball team
Colorado State Hughes Stadium 34,400 Moby Arena 8,745 No baseball team
Fresno State Bulldog Stadium 41,031 Save Mart Center 15,544 Pete Beiden Field 5,422
Hawaiʻi Aloha Stadium 50,000 Football Member Only
Nevada Mackay Stadium 29,993 Lawlor Events Center 11,784 William Peccole Park 3,000
New Mexico University Stadium 40,094 The Pit 17,126 Isotopes Park 12,215
San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium 71,400 Viejas Arena 12,414 Tony Gwynn Stadium 3,000
TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium 44,358 Daniel–Meyer Coliseum 7,200 Lupton Stadium 3,500
UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium 36,800 Thomas & Mack Center (men)
Cox Pavilion (women)
18,776
2,500
Earl Wilson Stadium 3,000
Wyoming War Memorial Stadium 30,514 Arena-Auditorium 15,028 No baseball team

Future members in grey. Members leaving in pink.

Elevation

The Mountain West's slogan is "Above the rest," and over half of the member institutions are at more than 4,000 feet above sea level (although the average elevation will drop to 3,822 feet in 2011-12 and 3,473 feet in 2012-13). This impacts endurance in sports like football, soccer, and the distance races in track & field and swimming meets, and aerodynamics in baseball, softball, golf, and the discus and javelin throws. The Mountain West's institutions have one of the highest average elevations in NCAA Division I sports.

Campus elevations

School Elevation Notes
Air Force Academy 7,258 ft. Falcon Stadium is at 6,600 ft.
Wyoming 7,165 ft. War Memorial Stadium is at 7,220 ft.
New Mexico 5,312 ft.
Colorado State 5,003 ft.
Nevada 4,505 ft. Joins the MWC in 2012
Boise State 2,730 ft.
UNLV 2,057 ft. Sam Boyd Stadium is at 1,600 ft.
TCU 653 ft. Leaves the MWC in 2012
SDSU 400 ft. Qualcomm Stadium is at 100 ft.
Fresno State 296 ft. Joins the MWC in 2012
Hawaiʻi 10 ft. Joins the MWC in 2012
Conference average 3,822 ft.
3,473 ft.
(2011)
(2012)

Elevation by conference

Conference Average campus
elevation
Mountain West 3,822 feet (2011), 3,473 feet (2012)
Big Sky 3,495 feet
WAC 2,095 feet
The Summit 1,295 feet
Pac 12 1,205 feet

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