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4 Mountain West teams won’t jump to AAC

Sep 18, 2021; Boise, Idaho, USA; Boise State Broncos quarterback Hank Bachmeier (19) is sacked by Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive tackle Jayden Jernigan (42) during the second half at Albertsons Stadium. Oklahoma State won 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2021; Boise, Idaho, USA; Boise State Broncos quarterback Hank Bachmeier (19) is sacked by Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive tackle Jayden Jernigan (42) during the second half at Albertsons Stadium. Oklahoma State won 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Four schools thought to be candidates to jump to the American Athletic Conference will stay put in the Mountain West Conference, USA Today reported Friday.

The schools — Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State and San Diego State — reportedly had been pursued by the AAC.

Now, the AAC will have to come up with a Plan B to return to full capacity. The AAC is losing Cincinnati, Houston and UCF to the Big 12 in the next few years and will be left with just eight football schools among its members.

USA Today said UAB, Charlotte, North Texas and UTSA could be considered for expansion.

AAC commissioner Mike Aresco issued a statement Friday that said his conference hadn’t extended any official invitations.

“The American Athletic Conference has not offered membership to any institution,” Aresco said. “Our process for considering potential members remains deliberate, strategic and focused on the continued proven success of our conference.”

Invitations typically are issued only once a school signals it would accept one.

–Field Level Media