As the Mountain West Conference board of directors met in Las Vegas on Monday, indications were that the conference was preparing to extend invitations to San Jose State and Utah State.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Comcast, the Mountain West's television partner, is pushing hard for Utah State's inclusion. Comcast also has a strong presence in the Bay Area, making San Jose State an attractive option even after a 1-11 football season.
San Jose State athletic director Tom Bowen didn't respond to requests for comment.
Expansion from 10 to 12 teams would allow the Mountain West to hold a multimillion dollar football championship game.
Fellow Western Athletic Conference members Hawaii, Fresno State and Nevada have already joined the Mountain West.
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