News out of the Mountain West. Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson is stepping down after 24 years of service.

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The decision is effective December 31, 2022. Thompson commented on his departure per

“It has been an honor to be part of the Mountain West Conference and direct its growth since 1998, the year in which the Conference was formed,” said Thompson. “To work with our conference staff and the leadership of our member institutions through the years as we have pursued our collective vision has been a rewarding experience. I am grateful to every person and institution who has been a part of our journey and I wish them—and the Conference—the very best in the years ahead.”

Thompson leaves as the only commissioner in the history of the Mountain West Conference. He has overseen the league negotiating nearly $600 million in television revenue. In addition, five conference teams have played in Bowl Championship Series/College Football Playoff bowl games.