Notable Mid-Major Tells Mountain West They Are Leaving

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Conference expansion has some major changes set to come to college sports over the next few years.

The big moves in conference realignment began with Oklahoma and Texas deciding to leave the Big 12 for the SEC.

Since that move was announced, there have been some other big moves in the Power 5.

We are just over a year away from seeing USC and UCLA in their first action in the Big Ten after they decided to leave the Pac-12.

The Big 12 has also picked up a few notable mid-majors in their efforts to replace Texas and Oklahoma.

BYU, Cincinnati, Central Florida, and Houston will all be members of the conference at the start of the next football season.

Now it appears there will be another notable mid-major on the move in the near future.

According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, San Diego State gave the Mountain West written notice this week that they intend to leave the leave the conference.

San Diego State’s have never been more attractive for a potential new conference than they are right now.

For years the Aztecs have been one of the country’s stronger mid-major basketball programs, but they were finally able to make an NCAA Tournament run this season. They made it all the way to the championship game with a few thrilling wins along the way before running into UCONN.

That basketball success coupled with being a consistently above-average football program will make them very appealing to a Power 5 conference.

The most likely landing spot seems to be the Pac-12 as they try to replace the two California schools that are leaving, but there has reportedly not actually been an offer made to SDSU yet.

Wherever they end up, it looks like San Diego State is ready to move on to bigger things after their big 2022-23 basketball season.