Utah State's days in the Western Athletic Conference may be numbered.

The Aggies are rumored to be next to get an invitation from the Mountain West Conference, should that league vote to expand. The MWC is holding meetings in Las Vegas, which started Monday and continue today.

One topic on the MWC agenda is whether to expand to a 12-team league for the 2012-13 academic year, which would allow the league to have a championship game in football. The conference would have 10 schools for that season if it stays as it is.

Officials at USU declined to comment or called the speculation of the possible invitation a "rumor."

The Aggies were contacted last August by the MWC to see the level of their interest. Shortly after, Nevada and Fresno State were invited and announced their departure from the WAC to join the Mountain West in July 2012. Later last fall Hawaii told the WAC it was leaving as well, as an independent in football and to join the Big West Conference in other sports.

Boise State will leave the WAC for the MWC after this season.

With the MWC meetings beginning Monday morning, rumors started to fly on various Internet sits as well as through Twitter. Many have stated the invitation to USU is a "done deal."

With BYU and Utah leaving the Mountain West after this season, the league will not have a school in the state of Utah. Reports have surfaced that television deals, which include Comcast, want a team in the Salt Lake City market. USU could fill that.

While there is no timetable given for when the MWC will make a decision. Several insiders say it will happen within the next 48 hours.


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