Mountain West leaving spot for BYU open

The BYU Cougars have been without a conference since deciding to go independent after the 2010 season. Since then, they have been the topic of discussion about joining a conference once again.

With the Big 12 wanting to expand to be able to field a conference championship game, the Cougars are again the biggest name being discussed. It seems like the Mountain West Conference, the Cougars’ former home, will be happy to have them back if they ever decided to find a new conference in the future.

"We're leaving the light on" –@MountainWest Commish Craig Thompson on #BYU returning to the #MWC

— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) December 10, 2015

The Cougars have had a pretty good bit of success in the Mountain West. From 1999-2010, the team went 96-54 and won four conference championships as well as making a bowl appearance in eight out of their 12 seasons.

At this point, it’s likely that the Cougars will stay independent for now. If they do decide to get back into a conference, it would probably be best for them to go to one of the Power Five conferences if they ever want to compete for a national championship again.

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