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UMass to join MAC for football in 2012

Updated: April 21, 2011, 2:43 AM ET
By Brendan Hall | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts announced Wednesday afternoon it has accepted an invitation into the Mid-American Conference for football.

It will begin playing home games beginning in the fall of 2012 at Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots.

UMass, which currently plays in the Division I FCS subdivision, will play a full FBS and MAC schedule starting in 2012. It will be eligible for bowl games, as well as the conference championship, starting ...

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