Which seems odd... instead of bolstering the Big L-East or something along that line of questioning...
And this could happen as soon as next month... Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe reported on Friday.
The newspaper reported that MAC officials visited the campus and also Gillette Stadium -- where some UMass home games could be played.
"We're not going to comment on anything regarding that," said UMass athletic director John McCutcheon, according to the newspaper. "But our discussions involve football only and we are still talking about making a decision sooner rather than later."
Like Temple, UMass wants to remain in the Atlantic 10 for other sports, especially basketball ((considering the lucrativity of that conference over the MAC)), but the MAC would ask that the schools play non-conference hoops games against MAC opponents as a trade-off.
The move can't be made official until September when a moratorium is lifted for I-AA schools get the chance to jump to D1. UMass then would have to go through a two-year transition period before becoming a full MAC member in 2013.
Here's highlights from their loss to Rhode Island from a month ago...