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Sun Belt talking to UMass about joining as 12th team

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The Minutemen has had discussions with the conference and interest exists, commissioner Karl Benson told CBSSports.com.
   UMass became available as a football-only member after becoming clear in March the Minutemen would not fulfill all-sports-member status required of the Mid-American Conference, its old home.
   The Sun Belt has been looking to fill its final spot by June 1 and has had discussions with several FCS-level schools, including Liberty.
   The loss of several schools to C-USA prompted the Sun Belt to add Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Idaho and New Mexico State for membership in 2014, giving the conference 11 members for now.
   A 12-team league allows the Sun Belt to host a championship game and create geographical divisions.

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