San Diego State spurns Big East, returns to Mountain West

San Diego State spurns Big East, returns to Mountain West
San Diego State University athletic officials made it official Wednesday; the Aztecs will skip out on a plan to join the Big East in football for the 2013 season, and remain in the Mountain West Conference in all sports.

"San Diego State University is pleased to be continuing as a full member of the Mountain West Conference," SDSU President Dr. Elliot Hirshman said in a statement.

"We are excited about the opportunities our partnership provides for the development of the Conference and San Diego State University's athletic programs."

After Boise State backed out on its commitment to join the Big East, San Diego State could do the same without financial penalty.

"With today's announcement, SDSU's membership continues uninterrupted and helps the Mountain West maintain a solid foundation going forward," said conference commissioner Craig Thompson.

The Mountain West goes forward as a 12-team league and is expected to split into two football divisions and championship game scheduling model.