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Mountain West-Conference USA merger still on track

By Ferd Lewis


The proposed amalgamation of the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA remains "on course," the chairman of the MWC Board of Directors said today.

A CBS Sportsline report had earlier labeled the impending merger as "unlikely" and quoted an "industry source" as saying it "probably will not happen."

But Nevada-Las Vegas president Neal Smatresk, who heads the MWC board, told the Star-Advertiser in an email, "We are on course and proceeding as planned."

Last month officials of both leagues said they expected a resolution in early June.

The University of Hawaii will join the MWC as a football-only member July 1st after 33 years in the Western Athletic Conference.

In February, the two conferences had declared their intention of dissolving their leagues to form a new 16-to-24 member conference but acknowledged in March that obstacles made a merger more likely.   

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