UMass set to join MAC

The MAC is expected to officially announce that Massachusetts will join the league Wednesday at a joint news conference with the school.

UMass would become the 14th member of the league and be a football-only member. The school would remain on the FCS level for 2011 before playing a full conference slate in 2012. UMass would become eligible for bowls and the MAC conference championship game beginning in 2013.

The move has been speculated for a few months after league officials toured the campus in December and got a tour of Gillette Stadium, where the New England Patriots play. The news conference will be held at the stadium, perhaps an indication that the Minutemen would play their home games there. UMass and Temple would be the two football-only members of the league. Up for discussion with the move is alignment of the divisions.