Friday, February 11, 2011

UMass to MAC update

There was a lot of talk in the fall and early winter about the addition of Massachusetts to the Mid-American Conference.

The talk died down recently but the buzz around the MAC, through conversations I have had with others around the conference, is that a meeting is planned in the upcoming week where presidents from the 13 schools in the conference will be meeting to formally discuss the idea of adding UMass to the MAC for football.

From what I have gathered, there has been no decision made one way or another and this meeting will be to discuss the pros and cons of the idea.

All detail about a potential addition, like division realignment, timetables for their addition, and other things can't really even be discussed until the MAC approves UMass as the school becomes certified for FBS play.

Currently, UMass is a FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) program and they must go through a season of certification before becoming an official FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) program. Once an official FBS program, they can then join a conference.

UMass still could become certified for the 2012 season and possibly be added then, but the timetable for them to enter into a certification process is closing, which could delay any possible addition until at least 2013.

As I hear more on the situation, I will be sure to let you know.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to start playing Temple and the rest of the MAC. Cool FBS conference. Wouldn't mind them adding another east coast team - cultivate another media market (Maybe James Madison or Stonybrook). Maybe you could rename it the North American Conference!!!

February 11, 2011 at 11:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maine, New Hamshire, Vermont (doesn't play football) and Rhode Island (moving to NEC - 40 scholarships) can't afford to support a FBS program. UMass will be the team to provide MAC visibility for all of New England and with it expand the MAC recruiting base as well as the Media market.

Boston College (ACC) and UConn will never get the support of Massachusetts or New England Football Fans.


February 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will they just announce it. I can't take it anymore!!!

February 12, 2011 at 9:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Join the MAC with Temple in all sports. It is similar to A10 in hoops with quality teams. It would be a win-win for both the MAC and UMASS/Temple. You could still play a few of the old A10 teams every year in hoops. MAC has had several sweet 16 teams and even elite 8.

February 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM 
Blogger Drew said...

is this just for football or for all sports?

February 16, 2011 at 8:03 PM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

Just for football. UMass is already part of the Atlantic 10 for other sports. It would be similar to Temple's deal with the MAC

February 18, 2011 at 2:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything new to report? AQs a UMass fan I am very anxious!

February 20, 2011 at 5:53 AM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

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February 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

Sorry my first link didn't work. Here are some updates from UMass

February 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | LAST UPDATE

Stadium will be expanded to 30K (from 17K presently)

February 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM 

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