We really should have learned our lesson already when it comes to expansion talks. The first time we think anything is going to happen, it likely will not. It doesn't necessarily mean that won't down the road, but it seems that as soon as any move is brought up it is quickly put to rest by one of the sides involved.
On Monday, the Deseret News reported that the Mountain West Conference was expected to vote "yes" on expansion, and "yes" on that expansion including Utah State. That vote was supposed to take place late Monday or early Tuesday, and an official statement from the Mountain West Conference makes it seem as though the Aggies won't be making a jump anytime in the immediate future.
The official statement from the Mountain West Conference Board of Directors:
"Over the past two days, the Board of Directors has engaged in a very thorough discussion of several key topics pertinent to the future of the Mountain West Conference. This has included, but not been limited to, issues related to television, the Bowl Championship Series and membership. The Board feels strongly the membership configuration already established going forward creates outstanding prospects for future success. In addition, we are continuing with our strategic initiatives related to our television partnerships and the MWC's efforts to effect change in the BCS structure. The Board is excited about what is undoubtedly a bright future for the Conference."If the board feels strongly about the "membership configuration already established," then they do not feel like the time is right to offer an invitation to any other schools, including Utah State. One of the main reasons for expansion is to increase the conference's membership to 12 teams, securing the right to host a potentially lucrative conference championship game. But with membership already in flux, it seems like the Board of Directors would like to see what kind of luck they will have with their current lineup, as the MWC will make a case for a television deal and an automatic berth to a BCS bowl game.