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Mountain West Conference

The Mountain West Conference (or MWC), the youngest of the college athletic conferences affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I FBS (I-A), officially began operations in July 1999. Geographically, the MWC covers a broad expanse of the western United States, with member institutions located in California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Craig Thompson has served as Commissioner of the MWC since its founding in 1999.

Charter members included Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah, and Wyoming. Prior to 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.

The WAC expanded from 10 to 16 universities in 1996, absorbing three teams from the defunct Southwest Conference (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 the 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 member, joined after four seasons in Conference USA.

A lesser known "Mountain West Athletic Conference" existed from 1982-88, sponsoring championships for women’s sports at Big Sky Conference institutions. The Big Sky absorbed the MWAC in 1988, forming one league for both men's and women's competition.

Members

Institution Nickname Location Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined
United States Air Force Academy Falcons Colorado Springs, Colorado Public/Federal 4,000 1999
Brigham Young University Cougars Provo, Utah Private/Christian
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
32,400 1999
Colorado State University Rams

Fort Collins, Colorado Public/State
(Colorado State University system)
26,418 1999
University of New Mexico Lobos Albuquerque, New Mexico Public/State 24,092 1999
San Diego State University Aztecs San Diego, California Public/State
(California State University system)
34,500 1999
Texas Christian University Horned Frogs Fort Worth, Texas Private/Christian (Disciples of Christ) 8,749 2005
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels Las Vegas, Nevada Public/State
(Nevada System of Higher Education)
31,000 1999
University of Utah Utes Salt Lake City, Utah Public/State
(Utah System of Higher Education)
29,192 1999
University of Wyoming Cowboys Laramie, Wyoming Public/State 13,162 1999

Endowment

  1. Texas Christian University-$1.2 billion
  2. University of Nevada, Las Vegas-$567 million
  3. University of Utah-$509 million
  4. University of New Mexico-$385 million
  5. Brigham Young University-$289 million
  6. University of Wyoming-$259 million
  7. Colorado State University-$193 million
  8. San Diego State University-$120 million

Sports

The MWC sponsors championships in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, skiing, women's soccer, swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball, football, softball,indoor and outdoor track and cross country. Many of its member schools participate in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for sports not sponsored by the Mountain West Conference.

Two MWC schools have unique affiliations in men's soccer. San Diego State competes as a member of the Pacific-10 Conference. BYU has completely abandoned the collegiate competitive structure in that sport, opting instead to field a semi-professional team in the USL Premier Development League (see BYU Cougars soccer).

Television network

''See main article at MountainWest Sports Network

History

Launched on September 1, 2006 by the Mountain West Conference (MWC) and CBS College Sports (formerly CSTV), The Mtn. – the MountainWest Sports Network – (pronounced “The Mountain”) is the first network dedicated solely to one college athletic conference. In 2006, the MWC elected to discontinue affiliation with ESPN, due to a poor contract offer. ESPN wanted the MWC to play games on unfavorable nights/times (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), and with an offer for less money. Instead, most MWC athletics are televised on The Mtn., owned jointly by CBS College Sports and Comcast, and operated by Comcast SportsNet. The Mtn. has carriage agreements with numerous cable companies and is on its way to being thoroughly distributed. Many MWC games are also carried on nationally distributed sports networks CBS College Sports, and Versus, owned by Comcast. After years of debate, satellite company DirecTV and Comcast reached an agreement to have the satellite company carry The Mtn., lessening consumer frustration.

On June 1, 2007 Brigham Young University and the University of Utah Presidents issued a joint press release that they "retained a sports broadcasting attorney to explore all possible options in improving the distribution of athletic broadcasts to their fans".

On June 5, 2007 the MWC Board "reaffirmed its unanimous support of the league's television model and its commitment to working collectively as a unified group", and its Directors unanimously voted to join BYU and Utah to retain the attorney they had hired.

In an interview with KUTV, President Michael K. Young of Utah stated that "Every [MWC member] knows...President Samuelson and I have been clear about this for the last year and a half that it is absolutely essential that we get on satellite to make our games available to our fans. Anything short of that is unacceptable." He then added that "We are passionately committed to our having our football games being on TV this year.

The Mountain West Conference got its wish when on February 22, 2008 DirecTV announced that it will launch The Mtn. Sports Network on a nationwide basis no later then September 1st, 2008. The Mtn. - MountainWest Sports Network To Launch Nationwide on DirecTV

Programming

The Mtn. provides coverage of MWC athletics across multiple sports including football, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's Olympic sports. In its first school year of coverage, The Mtn. broadcast 30 football games, 75 men’s basketball games, and 25 women’s basketball games. In addition to live game coverage, fans get an array of news, features, and analysis about their favorite MWC teams and players. The Mtn.'s anchors and reporters provide viewers with pre-game, halftime, and post-game coverage, and weekly and seasonal analysis and wrap-ups. The Mtn. also takes fans behind the scenes with coverage of the latest stats, press conferences, coaching developments and more.

Distribution

The Mtn. is currently available in eight of the nine MWC markets, and the following 17 providers offer The Mtn. DirecTV started offering The Mtn. nationwide on August 27th, 2008:

  • CABLE
    • All West Communications (Utah, Wyoming)
    • Bresnan Communications (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming)
    • Baja Broadband (Colorado(expected Sept. 20 2007), Nevada, Utah)
    • Cable One (Idaho, New Mexico)
    • CentraCom Cable TV (Utah)
    • Comcast (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah)
    • Cox Communications (California, Nevada)
    • Independent Cable Systems of Idaho (Idaho)
    • Manti Tele Communications Company (Utah)
    • MSTARmetro (Utah)
    • Project Mutual Telephone (Idaho)
    • Provo Cable (Utah)
    • Rural Telephone Company (Idaho)
    • Saratoga Cable (Utah)
    • Silver Star Communications (Wyoming)
    • Spanish Fork Community Network (Utah)
    • Sweetwater Cable Television (Wyoming)
    • TCT (Wyoming)
  • SATELLITE
    • DirecTV (Channel 616)
  • OTHER
    • Comcast.net (highlights only)

Conference Champions

Men's Championship Winners

College 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
Source:

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
Source:

Football Rivalries

Conference

Schools First
Meeting
Game Trophy Winner
(Last Meeting)
Utah BYU 1896 The Holy War Beehive Boot BYU
Colorado State Wyoming 1899 Border War Bronze Boot Colorado State
Wyoming BYU 1922 BYU
New Mexico Utah 1938 The Bowl Utah
Air Force Colorado State 1980 Ram-Falcon Trophy Air Force

Non-Conference

Schools First
Meeting
Game Trophy Reigning Champion
(Last Meeting)
Next
Meeting
Air Force Army & Navy 1972 Commander in Chief's Trophy Navy (2007) 2008
Utah Utah State 1892 Battle of the Brothers Beehive Boot Utah (2008) 2009
Colorado State Colorado 1893 Rocky Mountain Showdown Centennial Cup Colorado (2008) 2009
New Mexico New Mexico State 1894 Battle of I-25 Rio Grande Rivalry New Mexico (2007) 2008
New Mexico Arizona 1908 Kit Carson Rifle New Mexico (2008)
TCU SMU 1915 Battle for the Iron Skillet Iron Skillet TCU (2007) 2008
New Mexico UTEP 1919 Rio Grande Championship UTEP (2007) 2010
BYU Hawaii 1930 BYU (2002) 2012
BYU Utah State 1922 Battle for the old Wagon Wheel Wagon Wheel BYU (2006) 2008
Wyoming Hawaii 1978 Paniolo Trophy Wyoming (1997)
San Diego State San Jose State 1935 San Jose State (2008)
UNLV Nevada 1969 Battle for Nevada Fremont Cannon Nevada (2008) 2009

Postseason Records

Football Bowl Games
School W L T Winning
Percentage
National Championships
Utah 10 3 0 .769 0
TCU 10 13 1 .438 1 (1938)
BYU 9 16 1 .365 1 (1984)
Air Force 8 9 1 .472 0
Wyoming 5 6 0 .455 0
Colorado State 4 8 0 .333 0
UNLV 3 0 0 1.000 0
San Diego State 3 4 0 .429 0
New Mexico 3 7 1 .318 0
Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament
School Appearances W L Wins Per
Appearance
National Championships
Utah 28 35 29 1.346 1 (1944)
UNLV 16 33 15 2.133 1 (1990)
BYU 22 11 25 .440 0
Wyoming 14 9 19 .643 1 (1943)
New Mexico 11 6 12 .545 0
TCU 7 5 7 .714 0
Colorado State 8 3 9 .375 0
San Diego State 5 0 5 .000 0
Air Force 4 0 4 .000 0

Conference Facilities

School Football Stadium Capacity Basketball Arenas Capacity Baseball Stadium Capacity
Air Force Falcon Stadium 52,123 Clune Arena 5,939 Falcon Baseball Field 1,000
BYU LaVell Edwards Stadium 64,045 Marriott Center 22,700 Larry H. Miller Field 2,300
Colorado State Hughes Stadium 35,000 Moby Arena 8,745 No baseball team
New Mexico University Stadium 42,000 University Arena (The Pit) 18,018 Isotopes Park 11,124
San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium 71,294 Cox Arena 12,414 Tony Gwynn Stadium 3,000
TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium 46,083 Daniel-Meyer Coliseum 7,200 Lupton Stadium 3,500
UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium 40,000 Thomas & Mack Center (men)
Cox Pavilion (women)
18,776
2,472
Earl Wilson Stadium 3,000
Utah Rice-Eccles Stadium 45,017 Jon M. Huntsman Center 15,000 Franklin Covey Field 15,500
Wyoming War Memorial Stadium 33,500 Wyoming at Laramie Arena-Auditorium 15,028 No baseball team

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