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.