By Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) – A University of Massachusetts official says the school will become a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision and join the Mid-American Conference for that sport.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the school has yet to announce the move. A news conference is planned for Wednesday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

The person says the team will play its home games at Gillette Stadium beginning in 2012 and play its first MAC schedule in 2013.

Read: Manchester United To Play Revolution At Gillette Stadium

UMass, which currently plays in the Football Championship Subdivision, would become the third FBS team in New England, joining Boston College and Connecticut.

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  1. blackbear1 says:

    That is OK, I guess. Why the MAC, no chance at the Big East? All home games at Gillette> None on campus; that’s no good. It is hard to beat on-campus events. I went to UMass and loved the old Yankee Conference on campus. Why didn’t they go big time years ago instead of UConn. They never won anything in football.

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