Now I don't have any link that would indicate such a thing, but the new rumor around the nation is that ESPN(TWWMIS) has proposed a new alignment that would merge various elements of the Mountain West, Sun Belt and Western Athletic Conferences and Conference USA into a single SUPERLEAGUE. 20 teams would be involved. The actual list of teams for the proposal is unknown, but I have a hunch it will involve the following:
Air Force, Brigham Young, Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, TCU, Nevada, UNLV, Louisiana Tech, UTEP, New Mexico, Utah State, Tulsa, Wyoming, Fresno State, Colorado State and 4 of the following: Rice, SMU, Tulane, New Mexico State, Hawai'i, North Texas, Memphis and Southern Mississippi.
The 1996-99 WAC thinks this is too spread out, but then again ESPN has a hand in this, and I would expect them to reshape the provinces in their desired shape, as well as to bich-slap CBS College Sports, FSN and Vs. at the same time with their other hand.