The Beehive State is no stranger to the Mountain West Conference. Since its inception in 1999, the conference has undergone major changes both to the delight and chagrin of college sports fans in Utah.
The conference spun away from the Western Athletic Conference began with eight charter members: Utah, BYU, Wyoming, Air Force, San Diego State, Colorado State, New Mexico and UNLV. It expanded to nine when TCU joined in 2005
The University of Utah received an invite to the Pac-12 conference in 2010 and departed in 2011. At the same time that Utah entered the BCS fold, fellow charter member BYU embarked upon their own independent journey. TCU also departed for the Big East, then the Big 12.
Over the last three years, five members of the Western Athletic Conference have joined the MWC in all sports, with Hawaii joining as a football-only member, bolstering football membership to 12. Every school currently in the MWC at one time or another was a part of the old WAC.
A regional conference, the MWC is one of the most respected basketball conferences in America. The conference also enjoys six different college football bowl tie-ins.
Though it has been affected, the Mountain West has been a relative island of stability in an ocean of conference realignment and change.
Here is a breakdown of all the members of the Mountain West conference and how they are faring athletically.
Kraig Williams is a 2010 Utah State University graduate and regular Deseret News sports blogger. He can be followed on Twitter @DesNewsKraig.
Charter member in 1999. The Falcons' football team has made five straight bowl games and along with Boise State figures to be one of the toughest challenges for the Aggies in the Mountain Division.
Joined in 2011 from WAC. Boise State dominated football in its time in the WAC, and the Broncos are the odds-on favorites to win the Mountain West title in 2013.
Charter member in 1999. The Rams last won a conference title in football in 2002. Men’s basketball team has made back-to-back NCAA tournaments.
Joined in 2012 from WAC. The Bulldogs earned a share of the Mountain West football title in their first year in the conference.
Joined as football-only member from WAC in 2012. Norm Chow is looking to rebuild the Warriors after a painful 3-9 effort in their inaugural Mountain West season.
Joined in 2012 from WAC. A chief rival to the Aggies in the WAC, the Wolf Pack struggled in their first year in the Mountain West. The football team finished fifth, while the basketball team struggled to a last-place finish.
Charter member in 1999. Football team is on the rise under Bob Davies, while the basketball team is one of the best mid-major programs in the country.
Charter member in 1999. Under Steve Fischer the Aztecs have made four straight NCAA basketball tournaments. Football team won a share of its first Mountain West title in 2012.
Officially join on July 1, 2013. A doormat of the WAC until recently, the Spartans broke through with their first bowl game since 2006 last season.
Charter member in 1999. The Rebels' football program is perpetually rebuilding, but UNLV is always a contender for the men’s basketball title.
Officially join on July 1, 2013. The Aggies claimed the outright WAC title in football last fall and hope to compete in their new league.
Charter member in 1999. The Cowboys have appeared in just three bowl games and a single NCAA basketball tournament while in the Mountain West.