BCS denies Mountain West automatic qualifying exemption

It slipped under the radar with all of the talk of a four-team playoff but the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee denied the Mountain West a chance of being an automatic qualifying (AQ) conference in the final two years of the BCS postseason.

"We made a very compelling case on behalf of the Mountain West," said Commissioner Craig Thompson.  "It was based on clear performance metrics and the prior precedent established by the BCS in awarding automatic qualification. Unfortunately, the Presidential Oversight Committee decided against granting us the AQ exemption."

The conference was considered a long shot to be approved for AQ status, which would have meant millions of extra dollars in member coffers. Of more pressing interest surrounding the conference is the status of Boise State, which has not officially withdrawn from the league according to CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy. If the Broncos don't withdraw by July 1st, it could cost them potentially as much as $24 million.

It's a great day for college football but an even more interesting one for the folks at the Mountain West headquarters.

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