UMass expected to announce move to MAC in football

UMass will make a “major announcement” about its football program Wednesday.

The school is expected to say at the Gillette Stadium news conference (3:30 p.m.) that the Minutemen will be joining the Mid-American Conference for football.

UMass didn’t reveal the content of the announcement, but sources told the Boston Globe as far back as December that UMass would join Temple in making the move. Both schools will remain in the Atlantic 10 for other sports.

The move can't be made official until September when a moratorium is lifted for Championship Subdivision schools to jump to the Bowl Subdivision. UMass then would have to go through a two-year transition period before becoming a full MAC member in 2013.