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UMass to leave MAC after 2015 season

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:04 p.m. CDT

The Mid-American Conference and the University of Massachusetts jointly announced Wednesday that the 2015 football season will be the final year for UMass as a football-only member of the MAC.

“UMass has been a valued partner during its brief time within our Conference, however the 2014 and 2015 seasons will be the final two football seasons for UMass as a football-only member in the MAC,” said MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon Steinbrecher in a news release.  

The MAC announced the addition of UMass as a football-only member on April 20, 2011, which brought MAC football membership to 14 universities.  At the time of the addition of UMass to the MAC, the Minutemen joined Temple as the two football-only MAC members and evened MAC football membership to 14 universities and brought balance to the East and West Divisions in football.  

However, less than one year later, Temple unexpectedly departed for the Big East Conference in all sports in March of 2012.  Temple and the MAC reached an agreement for Temple to depart the MAC immediately on March 7, 2012.  Temple’s departure left the MAC with 13 football members.

UMass has combined to go 2-22, including a 2-14 record in the MAC over the last two seasons. NIU has scored 63 points in each of its two games against the Minutemen, both lopsided victories.

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