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The Mountain West Conference was a geographical misnomer from the beginning, as it launched with San Diego State among its eight original teams before adding TCU in 2005 and Boise State on Friday.

The conference's reach doesn't appear to be stopping there.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kansas, Missouri and Kansas State are on the Mountain West's radar amid a continuing shakeup of the Big 12.

But Baylor isn't considered a candidate to join the conference, with TCU standing staunchly in its way, the Fort Worth newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources.

"The Mountain West wants to be a national player and continue to grow in that realm," MWC commissioner Craig Thompson said in a conference call with reporters Friday. "We are extremely interested in BCS automatic qualification. We are simply trying to get to the level where each and every year a Mountain West team is playing in a BCS bowl game."

TCU would mount a lobbying effort against Baylor if the Bears are left out of the conference-realignment mix, the Star-Telegram reported.

But the conference covets Kansas -- and its legendary basketball program.

"Look at it this way," Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Friday at a charity event, according to The Kansas City Star. "No matter what, I'm 100 percent confident we're going to land. And we may land in a group that gives us more exposure than we ever could have had before. We may land with somebody that opens up recruiting doors in areas that we never really tested before. We're not gonna lose what we already have. This may open up new avenues for us."

New avenues are assured for most -- if not all -- of the Big 12.

Colorado left Thursday for the Pac-10, Nebraska moved to the Big Ten a day later and Texas and the four other programs, not including Baylor, that make up the Big 12 South in football are leaning heavily toward a commitment to the Pac-10, or in Texas A&M's case, a possible jump to the SEC.

"We are gonna be in a BCS conference," Self said, according to the newspaper.

But count Self among those who still believe in the viability of the Big 12.

"If this league is held together," Self said, "we'll go get two teams or six teams and this league will be better than it ever has been.

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What is sad about this is that Mizzou was the first team that was actually rumored to go over to the Big 10, but Nebraska was actually the only one that got offered. So Mizzou had the possibility of gaining 10-15 million dollars more by going to Big 10 and now they have the possibility of losing about 10-15 million dollars by possibly going to the Mountain West.

If everything goes down the way it looks like it will, you will have Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Baylor(?) left behind twiddling their thumbs. Kansas State and Iowa State to the Mountain West makes sense. I'm not sure what Baylor plans on doing. I don't know if Mizzou is still going to be sitting by the phone and hoping for the best, but Mizzou and Kansas have the most to offer to other conferences, mostly Kansas.

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Mizzou to the Big 10 could still happen many people were expecting them to follow Nebraska there if not the Big 10 I wouldn't be surprised if the SEC gave them a look

The SEC should look real hard at Missouri.If you expand any , it needs to be two or four teams.

they are in a great geographical area for expansion for the SEC .

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This is all so crazy. I really don't see 3 or 4 huge conferences being a good thing at all.

The Big Ten should have just added Pitt and called it a day. There is no purpose in adding 5 more teams besides money, which some people can simply never have enough of. And it's even more pointless if they aren't doing it in the least bit for competitive reasons... which we know they aren't, because they will be the last conference to have a championship game crowning a true champion (if they ever have one).

Kansas or Mizzou going to the Mountain West would be quite odd. The Mountain West is decidedly weaker than the Big 12. Adding Boise State, Kansas, KState, and Mizzou would do a lot to help them get an automatic bid... and with Utah, BYU, and TCU it will make for an interesting conference to watch.

But who's to say that the Big 12 won't extend invitations to Utah, BYU, and TCU? Sure, they will lose a lot of glitz with Texas, OU, Okie State, and A&M leaving... but if they could bring those guys on board, maybe invite Arkansas (who I think has always been a better fit for the Big 12 anyways)... who knows. The college sports landscape is changing drastically.

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This is all so crazy. I really don't see 3 or 4 huge conferences being a good thing at all.

The Big Ten should have just added Pitt and called it a day. There is no purpose in adding 5 more teams besides money, which some people can simply never have enough of. And it's even more pointless if they aren't doing it in the least bit for competitive reasons... which we know they aren't, because they will be the last conference to have a championship game crowning a true champion (if they ever have one).

Kansas or Mizzou going to the Mountain West would be quite odd. The Mountain West is decidedly weaker than the Big 12. Adding Boise State, Kansas, KState, and Mizzou would do a lot to help them get an automatic bid... and with Utah, BYU, and TCU it will make for an interesting conference to watch.

But who's to say that the Big 12 won't extend invitations to Utah, BYU, and TCU? Sure, they will lose a lot of glitz with Texas, OU, Okie State, and A&M leaving... but if they could bring those guys on board, maybe invite Arkansas (who I think has always been a better fit for the Big 12 anyways)... who knows. The college sports landscape is changing drastically.

Agreed 100%

This offseason will forever be remembered as the death of college football.

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This is all so crazy. I really don't see 3 or 4 huge conferences being a good thing at all.

The Big Ten should have just added Pitt and called it a day. There is no purpose in adding 5 more teams besides money, which some people can simply never have enough of. And it's even more pointless if they aren't doing it in the least bit for competitive reasons... which we know they aren't, because they will be the last conference to have a championship game crowning a true champion (if they ever have one).

Kansas or Mizzou going to the Mountain West would be quite odd. The Mountain West is decidedly weaker than the Big 12. Adding Boise State, Kansas, KState, and Mizzou would do a lot to help them get an automatic bid... and with Utah, BYU, and TCU it will make for an interesting conference to watch.

But who's to say that the Big 12 won't extend invitations to Utah, BYU, and TCU? Sure, they will lose a lot of glitz with Texas, OU, Okie State, and A&M leaving... but if they could bring those guys on board, maybe invite Arkansas (who I think has always been a better fit for the Big 12 anyways)... who knows. The college sports landscape is changing drastically.

i hate it.. it's horrible imo.

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