In a press conference to announce football coach Mike Price would return for another season, UTEP athletic director Bob Stull indicated that Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference would merge in all sports, not just football as previously announced.
Video of the press conference can be found here, excerpt below:
Stull - “There’s a transition in the league that’s happening right now. That again, the Mountain West and Conference USA are basically merging. The initial thought was football only, but it’s moving more toward all sports at this point.”
“It will be done by the end of this year. There was a 90-day window that we thought we could even get transitioned to next year. But right now what’s happening is all those people talking about going to the Big East, there’s been a lot of obviously issues on that happening, so we don’t really know who’s in and who’s out at this point.”
“I can tell you that merger will happen with the Mountain West. Unless something really dramatic happens, we will do that. And there’s a fairly good chance we’ll be playing a lot back into the west side. Especially if we lose SMU and Houston to the Big East, if they go there, then obviously most of the Texas schools are gone and it makes a lot of sense for us to play New Mexico, Las Vegas, etc. But that’s still speculative and in process.”