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UMass to Leave MAC After 2015 Season

The MAC could be down to 12 football schools after the 2015 season. According to a release from both the MAC and UMass the Minutemen are leaving the conference after the 2015 season.

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As first reported by Brett McMurphy of ESPN UMass will cease to be a member of the Mid-American Conference after the 2015 football season.

UMass joined the conference before the 2012 season as a football-only member after joining the FBS ranks with a clause that the MAC could force the Minutemen out if UMass declined to join as a full-member after the second season. If UMass chose to decline the full-membership the school would have up to two more seasons as an affiliate member with the MAC before it would have to leave all together.

According to MAC director of football communications Ken Mather the MAC offered UMass the option to join as a full member a few months ago, UMass declined, thus forcing this chain of events

UMass went 1-11 and 1-7 MAC in each of its first two seasons with the MAC (2012, 2013). Now the Minutemen have two seasons to find a new football conference alignment.

We'll update this story as we know more.