The conference shuffle has restarted.
Or, at least, there are invitations out there waiting for a response.
The Mountain West Conference announced on Wednesday that it has invited Fresno State and Nevada of the Western Athletic Conference to leave the WAC for the MWC. The Mountain West is losing Utah — and possibly BYU — next season but gaining Boise State, another WAC school.
The MWC announcement came just minutes after league member BYU acknowledged reports that the Cougars could be going independent in football and joining the WAC in all other sports. The BYU statement stopped well short of confirming any of the reports, saying only that the school will explore its options.
Milt Glick, the school president at Nevada, issued a statement saying the Wolf Pack would explore the Mountain West invitation.
“We are seriously considering the invitation, and do so with the best interests of our athletics program, University, community and Wolf Pack fans as our priority,” Glick said.
Fresno State president John D. Welty issued a remarkably similar statement, adding that the Bulldogs were honored by the invitation and would consider it.
WAC commissioner Karl Benson was out of the office Wednesday and didn’t immediately return calls/e-mails seeking comment.