April 1st, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson confirmed to the Union-Tribune on Saturday what numerous coaches and administrators were saying privately this week at the Final Four in San Antonio: That Gonzaga likely will not leave the West Coast Conference after months of negotiations with the Mountain West. “For next season, it doesn’t look promising,” Thompson said shortly before Loyola Chicago and Michigan tipped off in the first semifinal at the Alamodome. “I’d put it like this: Today is today, none of us can predict tomorrow. “We’re going to continue to grow our league. We’ll keep improving ourselves and see what happens.” Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth told the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash., that, while they were leaning toward remaining in the WCC, negotiations were still ongoing and there had been tentative plans for another meeting early next week. Earlier in the week, the WCC announced several significant scheduling changes to appease Gonzaga. Most notably, the regular-season schedule in the 10-school league will be reduced from a double round robin to 16 games, and the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds will receive double byes to the semifinals of the conference tournament. -Mark Ziegler, San Diego Union-Tribune, Read More

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