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UMass could announce move to MAC in January

Posted on: December 17, 2010 7:03 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this month we wrote about UMass considering making the jump from the FCS to the FBS -- for what it's worth, I hate calling them that, they'll always be Division I and Division II to me -- and, in doing so, becoming a member of the MAC conference.  Well, it seems that UMass is moving along a lot quicker in their plans than Villanova is.

Word out of Boston is that UMass could announce its intentions to make the jump and join the MAC as early as next month.  

“We’re not going to comment on anything regarding that,’’ said UMass athletic director John McCutcheon told The Boston Globe. “But our discussions involve football only and we are still talking about making a decision sooner rather than later.’’

Of course, the move wouldn't be official until next September when the moratorium on keeping FCS teams from jumping to the FBS -- AARGH -- come to an end.  If that is what happens, then UMass will have to go through a two-year transition period before officially joining the MAC in 2013.  Which would then make the MAC the first 14-team conference in college football, that is unless Temple bolts for the Big East before then.

UMass, much like Temple, will only join the MAC in football, as both schools would prefer to stay in the more respected Atlantic 10 for basketball.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:57 pm

UMass could announce move to MAC in January

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Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2010 3:21 pm

UMass could announce move to MAC in January

Oh, Tom. Huge mistake, man. FBS and FCS never were Division I and Division II. They were I-A and I-AA. Division I football is broken down into two subdivisions. It has been since 1978.
But Division II still exists, and was always separate from FBS and FCS. The University of Minnesota-Duluth won the Division II title in a great game over Delta State this past Saturday.
Wow, you should know that ...

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2010 7:57 pm


OMG, I agree. That is completely and utterly pathetic. It's one thing just to troll and contribute only completely derivitive work, but to be 32 years behind in NCAA nomenclature is horrific. Dude doesn't belong in the same domain or universe as Dodd, Freeman, and Doyel.

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:05 pm

UMass could announce move to MAC in January

I totally agree that no one should be writing a blog when they don't know any better than that.


Ok, here is a little lesson:

Division 1 is the highest level of the NCAA for all sports, however for football it is further divided in the the FBS and FCS subdivisions, formerly known as 1-A and 1-AA

ALso, a team such as Butler (or UMass) can't play for the BCS title in football because they are in the lower subdivision in football but Butler can and did play in the NCAA championship game in basketball last year because they are a DIVISION 1 school.

So, a run down looks like this:


Division 1




Division 2


Division 3




Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:03 pm

UMass could announce move to MAC in January

That's because you are right, MichaelD8577.  It was 1A and 1AA.  And anyone doesn't know the difference between 1AA and DII doesn't deserve to write a blog on a major sports website.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 8:31 pm

UMass could announce move to MAC in January

"they'll always be Division I and Division II to me"

For some reason, I always thought it was 1A and 1AA.

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