MOUNTAIN WEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONCLUDES DECEMBER MEETING

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Mountain West Board of Directors (BOD) wrapped up its annual mid-year meeting today in Phoenix, Arizona.  Over the two-day gathering, which included joint sessions with the directors of athletics, the 12 institutional Presidents took action on a number of items focused upon enrichment of the student-athlete experience, enhancement of competitive excellence and improved championship dynamics.

The BOD reviewed various options regarding the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Mountain West Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.  A final decision is expected to be announced within the coming days. 

The BOD Competition, Ethics and Sportsmanship Committee recommended the establishment of a consistent bid process for the determination of championship sites in sports other than basketball.  As approved by the BOD, the Committee will develop criteria by which the best possible student-athlete experience can be ensured.

A transfer participation policy was also considered by the BOD.  Conference staff was directed to draft a proposal which would limit participation of a transfer student-athlete who has been subject to official university or athletics department disciplinary action at any previous collegiate institution.

Finally, the BOD engaged in a broad conversation regarding the membership composition of the Mountain West.  Noting the stability and collegiality of the current 12-member configuration, it was agreed no modifications were necessary at the present time.  The Conference will continue to monitor the membership landscape of intercollegiate athletics going forward. 

“The entire membership expressed great support for the continued development of the Conference,” said Commissioner Craig Thompson.  “There is genuine excitement about the growth which has transpired in the less than three years under the present alignment.”

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