Boise State officially joins Mountain West Conference; Utah leaves

Boise State officially joins Mountain West Conference; Utah leaves

Today marks the offical date Boise State University can join the Mountain West Conference.

It also means the end of TCU's brief conference rivalry with Utah, who will leave for the Pac-12.

Boise State officials announced last summer they would leave the Western Athletic Conference. However, they couldn't officially join until today, July 1st.

Just as soon as Boise State entered, Utah can now officially leave to join the Pac-12. Colorado can also officially leave the Big 12 for the Pac-12 today.

BYU officially left the MWC yesterday to join the West Coast Conference in all sports but football, where they will be independent. They had originally planned to join the WAC in all sports but football, but the MWC changed those plans by inviting WAC members Fresno State and Nevada to join in 2012.

Their move comes with an eight-year deal with ESPN to broadcast home games. It also expands their own TV network, BYUtv, which can broadcast games ESPN does not pick up.

As it stands, the conference shift will finally settle on July 1, 2012. On that day, TCU leaves the MWC for the Big East Conference while Fresno State, Nevada, and Hawaii join the MWC. 

As it stands, here is how the Big East and MWC will look at the start of the 2012 football season.

Big East Conference
South Florida
West Virginia

Mountain West Conference
Air Force

Boise State
Colorado State 
Fresno State
New Mexico
San Diego State