Mountain West confirms it has talked expansion with Gonzaga; BYU in mix

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Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) battle under the boards with BYU forward Yoeli Childs (23) in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Provo, Utah.

Wed, Feb 28, 2018 (7:15 p.m.)

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson on Wednesday told the Union-Tribune he has held discussions with Gonzaga about leaving the West Coast Conference for the Mountain West, perhaps as early as next season.

Gonzaga might not be alone, either. Thompson said BYU was not among the other schools that have contacted him about expansion, but several sources indicated that BYU — which went independent in football in 2011 and plays in the WCC in most other sports — would consider a return to the Mountain West at least in basketball if Gonzaga joins.

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