Mid-American Conference

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Mid-American Conference
(MAC)
Mid-American Conference logo
Established1946
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members12 (13 in football)
Sports fielded23 (men's: 11; women's: 12)
RegionGreat Lakes
HeadquartersCleveland, Ohio
CommissionerJon Steinbrecher (since 2009)
Websitemac-sports.com
Locations
Mid-American Conference locations
 
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Mid-American Conference
(MAC)
Mid-American Conference logo
Established1946
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members12 (13 in football)
Sports fielded23 (men's: 11; women's: 12)
RegionGreat Lakes
HeadquartersCleveland, Ohio
CommissionerJon Steinbrecher (since 2009)
Websitemac-sports.com
Locations
Mid-American Conference locations

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I collegiate athletic conference with a membership base in the Great Lakes region that stretches from Western New York to Illinois. Nine of the twelve full member schools are in Ohio and Michigan, with single members located in Illinois, Indiana, and New York. For football, the MAC participates in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision, with an affiliate member in Massachusetts.

The MAC is headquartered in the Public Square district in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, and has two members in the nearby Akron area. The MAC has been referred to as the "Conference of Quarterbacks" because of the accomplishments of numerous former players in the National Football League.[1][2] The conference also ranks highest among all eleven NCAA Division I FBS conferences for graduation rates.[3]

History[edit]

Former conference logo
Locations of the football-playing members of the Mid-American Conference. Massachusetts is a football-only member; all others are full members.

The five charter members of the Mid-American Conference were Ohio University, Butler University, the University of Cincinnati, Wayne University (now Wayne State University), and Western Reserve University, one of the predecessors to today's Case Western Reserve University. Wayne University left after the first year. Miami University and Western Michigan University took the place of those charter members for the 1948 season. The MAC added the University of Toledo (1950), Kent State University (1951), and Bowling Green State University (1952). The University of Cincinnati resigned its membership February 18, 1953, with an effective date of June 1, 1953. Cincinnati's decision was based on a new requirement that at least 5 conference football games would have to be scheduled each season, University President Raymond Walters saying they "...regretfully resign...as the university could not continue under the present setup..." [4]

The membership was steady for the next two decades except for the addition of Marshall University in 1954 and the departure of Western Reserve in 1955.[5] Marshall was expelled from the conference in 1969 due to NCAA violations.[6] The first major expansion since the 1950s took place in the mid-1970s with the addition of Central Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University in 1972 and Ball State University and Northern Illinois University in 1973. NIU left after the 1985–86 season. The University of Akron joined the conference in 1992. The conference became the largest in Division I-A with the re-admittance of Marshall and NIU and addition of the State University of New York at Buffalo's Bulls in 1997 and 1998, respectively. The University of Central Florida joined for football only in 2002, becoming the first football-only member in conference history. Marshall (a second time) and Central Florida (a non-football all-sports member in the Atlantic Sun Conference at the time) would leave after the 2004–05 academic year, both joining Conference USA in all sports.

In May 2005, the Temple Owls in Philadelphia signed a six-year contract with the MAC as a football-only school and began play in the East Division in 2007.[citation needed]

The Louisville Cardinals were a MAC affiliate for field hockey for a number of years when Louisville was a member of the Metro Conference and Conference USA, winning two MAC tourney titles in 2003 and 2004.[citation needed]

The Missouri State Bears, Evansville Purple Aces, and Southern Illinois Salukis participate in the MAC for men's swimming and diving.[7] In 2012, the West Virginia Mountaineers joined the Florida Atlantic Owls and Hartwick College Hawks as men's soccer affiliates.[8] Missouri, Northern Iowa, and Old Dominion are wrestling affiliates. The Missouri State Bears are also an affiliate for field hockey.

The UMass Minutemen joined the MAC as a football-only member in July 2012; the university announced that the team would leave the MAC at the end of the 2015 season due to contractual issues.[9][10] Meanwhile, Temple ended its affiliation with the MAC in football and joined the Big East for football in July 2012. Following the split of the Big East into football-sponsoring and non-football conferences in July 2013, Temple became a full member of the football-sponsoring portion, the American Athletic Conference, ending its membership in the Atlantic 10 at that time.[11][12] The Chicago State Cougars were an affiliate for men's tennis until joining the Western Athletic Conference, which sponsors that sport, in July 2013.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Current full members[edit]

There are twelve schools with full membership:

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsU.S. News Ranking
East Division
University of AkronAkron, Ohio18701992[13]Public28,771[14]ZipsBlue & Gold[15]
         
207–270 (National)
Bowling Green State UniversityBowling Green, Ohio19101952[13]Public18,756[16]FalconsOrange & Brown[17]
         
181 (National)
University at Buffalo,
The State University
of New York
Buffalo, New York18461998[13]Public29,850 [18]BullsBlue & Gray[19]
         
109 (National)
Kent State UniversityKent, Ohio19101951[13]Public24,449[20]Golden FlashesNavy Blue & Gold[21]
         
201 (National)
Miami UniversityOxford, Ohio18091947[13]Public20,126RedHawksRed & White[22]
         
75 (National)
Ohio UniversityAthens, Ohio18041946[13]Public21,844BobcatsOhio Green & Gray[23]
         
135 (National)
West Division
Ball State UniversityMuncie, Indiana19181973[13]Public20,113CardinalsCardinal & White[24]
         
181 (National)
Central Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant, Michigan18921971[13]Public27,693 [25]ChippewasMaroon & Gold[26]
         
190 (National)
Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilanti, Michigan18491971[13]Public22,974EaglesGreen & Black[27]
         
77 (Regional: Midwest)
Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalb, Illinois18951975,
1997[13]
Public25,313HuskiesCardinal & Black[28]
         
177 (National)
University of ToledoToledo, Ohio18721950[13]Public21,594[16]RocketsTower Blue & Rocket Gold[29]
         
207–270 (National)
Western Michigan UniversityKalamazoo, Michigan19031947[13]Public25,045BroncosBrown & Gold[30]
         
181 (National)

Current affiliate members[edit]

Ten schools have MAC affiliate membership status. On July 1, 2012, Temple joined the Big East Conference for football only (the school's other sports would join the Big East/American for 2013–14), and Massachusetts replaced Temple as a football-only member in the MAC East Division. On September 19, 2012, the MAC announced Missouri, Northern Iowa and Old Dominion would join as wrestling affiliates; as the Southeastern and Missouri Valley Conferences do not sponsor wrestling. Missouri and Northern Iowa participated only in the conference tournament in the 2012–13 school year, and began full conference play in 2013–14. Old Dominion did not begin MAC competition until 2013–14, when it left the Colonial Athletic Association (which had sponsored wrestling, but no longer does so) for Conference USA (which has never sponsored the sport).[31]

On July 1, 2013, Florida Atlantic's men's soccer program moved with the rest of its athletic program to Conference USA, and Chicago State's men's tennis team followed the rest of its sports to the Western Athletic Conference.

The 2014–15 school year saw one affiliate member leave for another conference and two new affiliates join. The Hartwick men's soccer team left the MAC for the Sun Belt Conference, which had announced in February 2014 that it would reinstate men's soccer, a sport that it last sponsored in 1995, for the 2014 season.[32] The new affiliates for 2014–15 are Binghamton in men's tennis and Longwood in field hockey.[33]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsPrimary
Conference
MAC Sport(s)
Binghamton UniversityVestal, New York1946Public16,098BearcatsGreen & White
         
America Eastmen's tennis
University of EvansvilleEvansville, Indiana1854Private3,050Purple AcesPurple, White, & Orange
              
Missouri Valleymen's swimming
Longwood UniversityFarmville, Virginia1839Public4,800LancersBlue & Grey
         
Big Southfield hockey
University of MassachusettsAmherst, Massachusetts1863Public27,062MinutemenMaroon & White
         
Atlantic 10 (A-10)football
(MAC East Division)
University of MissouriColumbia, Missouri1839Public34,255TigersBlack and MU Gold
         
SECwrestling
Missouri State UniversitySpringfield, Missouri1905Public21,425BearsMaroon & White
         
Missouri Valleyfield hockey
men's swimming
University of Northern IowaCedar Falls, Iowa1876Public13,080PanthersPurple and Gold
         
Missouri Valleywrestling
Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, Virginia1930Public24,730MonarchsSlate Blue, Silver, and Light Blue
              
C-USAwrestling
Southern Illinois University CarbondaleCarbondale, Illinois1869Public17,964SalukisMaroon & White
         
Missouri Valleymen's swimming
West Virginia UniversityMorgantown, West Virginia1867Public29,616MountaineersOld Gold & Blue
         
Big 12men's soccer
Notes

† = On March 26, 2014, UMass announced that they would leave the MAC following the 2015 FBS football season.[34]

Former members[edit]

Nicknames listed here reflect those used during each school's MAC tenure. Two schools have changed their nicknames since leaving the MAC—Central Florida dropped "Golden" from its nickname, becoming simply Knights, while Wayne State now uses Warriors. Western Reserve merged with Case Institute of Technology in 1967 to form today's Case Western Reserve University, with the athletic programs merging in 1971. With the athletic merger, Case Western abandoned the nicknames of both former institutions and adopted Spartans.

Former full members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsCurrent
Conference
Butler UniversityIndianapolis, Indiana185519461949Private4,667BulldogsBlue & White
         
Big East
University of CincinnatiCincinnati, Ohio181919461953Public41,357BearcatsRed & Black
         
American
Marshall UniversityHuntington, West Virginia18371954,
1997
1969,
2005
Public13,971Thundering HerdKelly Green & White[35]
         
C-USA
Wayne State UniversityDetroit, Michigan186819461947Public30,909TartarsGreen & Gold
         
GLIAC
(Division II)
Western Reserve UniversityCleveland, Ohio182619461955Private9,685Red CatsBlue, White, & Gray
              
UAA
(Division III)

Former affiliate members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsCurrent
Conference
MAC Sport
Hartwick CollegeOneonta, New York179720072014Private1,520HawksWellesley Blue & White
         
Empire 8
(NCAA Division III)
men's soccer[36]
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne
(IPFW)
Fort Wayne, Indiana19172002 (tennis)
2005 (men's soccer)
2007 (tennis)
2007 (men's soccer)
Public14,326MastodonsRoyal Blue & White
         
The Summit Leaguemen's soccer[36]
Men's tennis[37]
University of KentuckyLexington, Kentucky186519952005Public28,094WildcatsBlue & White
         
C-USA (men's soccer)
SEC (most sports)
men's soccer[36]
University of LouisvilleLouisville, Kentucky179819942005Public22,293CardinalsRed & Black
         
ACCfield hockey[38]
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania188420072012Public37,696OwlsCherry & White
         
Americanfootball
University of Central FloridaOrlando, Florida196320022005Public58,698Golden KnightsBlack & Gold
         
Americanfootball
Chicago State UniversityChicago, Illinois18672007[37]2013Public7,131CougarsEvergreen & White
         
WACmen's tennis
Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton, Florida19612008[36]2013Public26,245OwlsBlue, Red, & Silver
              
C-USAmen's soccer
Notes

‡ = In early 2014, the MAC made the decision "... to move forward without multi-divisional institutions." The conference then informed Hartwick College that their contract as an affiliate member would not be renewed.

Membership timeline[edit]

UMass Minutemen footballTemple Owls footballUCF Knights footballUniversity at BuffaloUniversity of AkronNorthern Illinois UniversityBall State UniversityEastern Michigan UniversityCentral Michigan UniversityMarshall UniversityBowling Green State UniversityKent State UniversityUniversity of ToledoWestern Michigan UniversityMiami UniversityOhio UniversityCase Western Reserve UniversityUniversity of CincinnatiButler UniversityWayne State University

Full members Associate members (football only)

Commissioners[edit]

Sports[edit]

The Mid-American Conference sponsors championship competition in 11 men's and 12 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[39] As of the 2014–15 school year, 10 schools are associate members for six sports.

Teams in MAC competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball12
Basketball1212
Cross country912
Field hockey7
Football13
Golf910
Gymnastics7
Soccer612
Softball12
Swimming and diving78
Tennis69
Track and field (indoor)512
Track and field (outdoor)612
Volleyball12
Wrestling9

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross countryFootballGolfSoccerSwimmingTennisTrack and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
WrestlingTotal MAC sports
AkronGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XN8
Ball StateGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XN6
Bowling GreenGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XN6
BuffaloGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Central MichiganGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Eastern MichiganGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Kent StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
MiamiGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XN7
NIUGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickY7
OhioGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickY6
ToledoGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XN6
Western MichiganGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XN5
Totals1212912+1[a 1]95+1[a 2]4+3[a 3]5+1[a 4]566+3[a 5]85+9
  1. ^ Affiliate member Massachusetts.
  2. ^ Affiliate member West Virginia.
  3. ^ Affiliate members Evansville, Missouri State, and Southern Illinois.
  4. ^ Affiliate member Binghamton.
  5. ^ Affiliates Missouri, Northern Iowa, and Old Dominion.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the MAC[edit]

SchoolIce hockeyRifle1Volleyball
AkronNoMid-Atlantic RifleNo
Ball StateNoNoMIVA
Bowling GreenWCHANoNo
MiamiNCHCNoNo
Western MichiganNCHCNoNo

Notes:

1: Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Akron fields a coed team.

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBasketballCross countryField hockeyGolfGymnasticsSoccerSoftballSwimmingTennisTrack and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
VolleyballTotal MAC sports
AkronGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Ball StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY12
Bowling GreenGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
BuffaloGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Central MichiganGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Eastern MichiganGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
Kent StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
MiamiGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
NIUGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
OhioGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
ToledoGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Western MichiganGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Totals12125+2[b 1]107121289121212123+2
  1. ^ Affiliate members Longwood and Missouri State.

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the MAC[edit]

SchoolRifle1RowingSynchronized skating2
AkronMid-Atlantic RifleNoNo
BuffaloNoCAANo
Eastern MichiganNoCAANo
MiamiNoNoIndependent

Notes:

1: Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Akron fields a coed team.

2: Synchronized skating is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating, not by the NCAA. Most synchronized skating teams are clubs not affiliated with any college or university; Miami is one of about 15 schools that sponsor varsity or club teams.

Football[edit]

For the current season, see 2014 Mid-American Conference football season
TeamFirst seasonAll-time recordAll-time win %Bowl appearancesBowl recordMAC titlesOther conference titlesStadiumHead coach
East Division
Akron1891493–514–37.49010–110InfoCision Stadium – Summa FieldTerry Bowden
Bowling Green1919515–354–52.587114–7115Doyt Perry StadiumDave Clawson
Buffalo1894375–500–28.43120–211University at Buffalo StadiumJeff Quinn
Kent State1920330–517–28.39320–210Dix StadiumPaul Haynes
Massachusetts1879558–551–51.50310–1020Gillette StadiumMark Whipple
Miami1888669–427–44.606107–3157Yager StadiumChuck Martin
Ohio1894531–541–47.49682–656Peden StadiumFrank Solich
West Division
Ball State1924431–386–32.52770–755Scheumann StadiumPete Lembo
Central Michigan1896590–389–37.59973–479Kelly/Shorts StadiumDan Enos
Eastern Michigan1891440–555–47.44521–119Rynearson StadiumRon English
NIU1899547–466–51.53894–538Huskie StadiumRod Carey
Toledo1917498–410–24.547138–5103Glass BowlMatt Campbell
Western Michigan1905529–431–24.55050–521Waldo StadiumP. J. Fleck

[40]

MAC champions

Main article: MAC Championship Game

Bowl games

The MAC is contracted to provide a team for three college football bowl games including the GoDaddy.com Bowl, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. For the 2013 season, the GoDaddy.com Bowl will receive the first pick of MAC teams, and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl will receive the second pick. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will receive the third pick of MAC teams.

PickNameLocationOpposing conferenceOpposing pick
2Little Caesars Pizza BowlDetroit, MichiganBig Ten8
1GoDaddy.com BowlMobile, AlabamaSun Belt1
3Famous Idaho Potato BowlBoise, IdahoMountain West6

For the 2013 season, the MAC has secondary bowl tie-ins with the New Mexico Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl, and Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl to select a fourth MAC bowl team if a primary contracted conference cannot fill its bowl spot in one of the aforementioned bowl games.[41]

Bowl Championship Series

The MAC champion will receive an automatic berth in one of the five BCS bowl games if they are the highest ranked non-automatic qualifying conference champion and either of the following:

In 2012, NIU became the first MAC team to receive a BCS bowl berth, qualifying by the second criterion. The Huskies were ranked 15th in the final BCS standings, higher than two champions of AQ conferences (Big East champion Louisville, who was ranked 22nd, and Big Ten champion Wisconsin, who was unranked). NIU lost to Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

Rivalries

Football rivalries involving MAC teams include:

TeamsRivalry nameTrophyMeetingsRecordSeries leaderCurrent streak
AkronKent StateWagon Wheel5530–23–2AkronAkron won 1
AkronYoungstown StateSteel Tire3514–19–2Youngstown StateYoungstown State won 3
Bowling GreenKent StateBattle for the Anniversary AwardAnniversary Award8156–19–6Bowling GreenKent State loss 1
Bowling GreenToledoBattle of I-75Battle of I-75 Trophy7839–35–4Bowling GreenToledo won 4
MassachusettsBoston CollegeBoston College–UMass football rivalry224–18Boston CollegeBoston College won 7
MassachusettsNew HampshireColonial ClashBill Knight Trophy (MVP)7443–28–3MassachusettsNew Hampshire won 2
MassachusettsConnecticutUConn–UMass football rivalry42-2MassachusettsConnecticut loss 2
MiamiCincinnatiBattle for the BellVictory Bell11859–52–7MiamiCincinnati won 8
OhioMarshallBattle for the BellThe Bell5732–19–6OhioOhio won 3
Ball StateNIUBronze Stalk Trophy4220–19–3Ball StateNIU won 5
Central MichiganWestern MichiganCMU–WMU RivalryVictory Cannon8437–45–2Western MichiganCentral Michigan won 1
OhioMiamiBattle of the Bricks-9053-35-2MiamiMiami won 1

In addition, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan compete for the Michigan MAC Trophy, which is awarded to the team with the best head-to-head record each year. Since the inception of the trophy in 2005, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan have each won the trophy three times, and Western Michigan has won the trophy once.

Basketball[edit]

In August 2010, Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that the Mid-American Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments would remain in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena through 2017.[42] Both tournaments have flourished since moving to Cleveland in 2000, with the men's semi-finals and championship regularly drawing large crowds at Quicken Loans Arena.[43] In 2007, the MAC also announced a format change for both tournaments, bringing all twelve men's and women's teams to Cleveland. The MAC also co-hosted the 2007 Women's Final Four at Quicken Loans Arena after successfully hosting the 2006 NCAA Women's Basketball Regional at the same facility.

Championships[edit]

Current MAC champions[edit]

Champions from the previous academic year are indicated in italics.

Facilities[edit]

SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacity
AkronInfoCision Stadium–Summa Field27,000James A. Rhodes Arena5,500Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field1,500
Ball StateScheumann Stadium25,400John E. Worthen Arena11,500Ball Diamond1,700
Bowling GreenDoyt Perry Stadium24,000Stroh Center4,700Warren E. Steller Field2,500
BuffaloUniversity at Buffalo Stadium31,000Alumni Arena6,100Amherst Audubon Field500
Central MichiganKelly/Shorts Stadium32,885McGuirk Arena5,300Bill Theunissen Stadium2,046
Eastern MichiganRynearson Stadium30,200Convocation Center8,800Oestrike Stadium1,313
Kent StateDix Stadium25,319Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center6,327Olga Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium1,148
MassachusettsGillette Stadium68,756Football-only member
MiamiYager Stadium24,286Millett Hall6,400Stanley G. McKie Field at Joseph P. Hayden Jr. Park1,000
NIUBrigham Field at Huskie Stadium24,000Convocation Center10,000Ralph McKinzie Field1,500
OhioPeden Stadium24,000Convocation Center13,080Bob Wren Stadium4,000
ToledoGlass Bowl26,248Savage Arena7,300Scott Park Baseball Complex1,000
Western MichiganWaldo Stadium30,200University Arena5,421Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Judson Hyames Field1,500

Hall of Fame[edit]

The Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame was the first Division I conference Hall of Fame.[44] It was established in 1987 and classes have been inducted in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2012 and 2013.[45][46]

In order to be eligible, a person must have participated during the time the university was in the MAC and five years must have passed from the time the individual participated in athletics or worked in the athletic department.[44]

The following list are the members of the MAC Hall of Fame, along with the school they were affiliated with, the sport(s) they were inducted for and the year they were inducted.

  • Harold Anderson, Bowling Green, basketball, 1991
  • Janet Bachna, Kent State, gymnastics, 1992
  • Joe Begala, Kent State, wrestling, 1991
  • Tom Beutler, Toledo, football, 1994
  • Kermit Blosser, Ohio, golf, 1988
  • Jim Corrigall, Kent State, football, 1994
  • Hasely Crawford, Eastern Michigan, track and field, 1991
  • Ben Curtis, Kent State, golf, 2012
  • Caroline (Mast) Daugherty, Ohio, basketball, 1994
  • Herb Deromedi, Central Michigan, football, 2012
  • Chuck Ealey, Toledo, football, 1988
  • Fran Ebert, Western Michigan, softball / basketball, 1992
  • Wayne Embry, Miami, basketball, 2012
  • Karen Fitzpatrick, Ball State, field hockey, 2012
  • John Gill, WMU athlete / coach / administrator, 1994
  • Maurice Harvey, Ball State, football, 1992
  • Bill Hess, Ohio, football coach, 1992
  • Gary Hogeboom, Central Michigan, football, 1994
  • Fred Jacoby, MAC commissioner, 1990
  • Bob James, MAC commissioner, 1989
  • Ron Johnson, Eastern Michigan, football, 1988
  • Dave Keilitz, Central Michigan, baseball, 2013
  • Ted Kjolhede, Central Michigan, basketball, 1988
  • Kim Knuth, Toledo, women's basketball, 2013
  • Ken Kramer, Ball State, football, 1991
  • Bill Lajoie, Western Michigan, baseball, 1991
  • Jack Lambert, Kent State, football, 1988
  • Frank Lauterbur, Toledo, football, 1990
  • Mel Long, Toledo, football, 1992
  • Charlier Maher, Western Michigan, baseball, 1989
  • Bill Mallory, Miami/NIU, football, 2013
  • Brad Maynard, Ball State, football, 2013
  • Ray McCallum, Ball State, basketball, 1988
  • Jack McLain, MAC football official, 1992
  • Karen Michalak, Central Michigan, basketball / track and field / field hockey, 1992
  • Gordon Minty, Eastern Michigan, track and field, 1994
  • Steve Mix, Toledo, basketball, 1989
  • Thurman Munson, Kent State, baseball, 1990
  • Ira Murchinson, Western Michigan, track and field, 1990
  • Don Nehlen, Bowling Green, football, 1994
  • Manny Newsome, Western Michigan, basketball, 1988
  • Bob Nichols, Toledo, basketball, 2012
  • John Offerdahl, Western Michigan, football, 2013
  • Bob Owchinko, Eastern Michigan, baseball, 1992
  • Ara Parseghian, Miami, football, 1988
  • Doyt Perry, Bowling Green, football, 1988
  • John Pont, Miami, football player / coach, 1992
  • John Pruis, Ball State, president, 1994
  • Trevor Rees, Kent State, football, 1989
  • David Reese, MAC commissioner, 1988
  • George Rider, Miami, track and field, 1989
  • William Rohr, Miami, basketball coach 1994
  • Don Roundfield, Central Michigan, basketball, 1990
  • Bo Schembechler, Miami, football coach, 1991
  • Mike Schmidt, Ohio, baseball, 2012
  • Dick Shrider, Miami, basketball, 1990
  • Christi Smith, Akron, track and field, 2013
  • Jim Snyder, Ohio, basketball, 1991
  • Shafer Suggs, Ball State, football, 1989
  • Nate Thurmond, Bowling Green, basketball, 1989
  • Gary Trent, Ohio, men's basketball, 2013
  • Phil Villapiano, Bowling Green, football, 1992
  • Bob Welch, Eastern Michigan, baseball, 1990
  • Dave Wottle, Bowling Green, track and field, 1990
  • Bob Wren, Ohio, baseball, 1989

Media[edit]

Broadcasts[edit]

A number of MAC sports, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and volleyball, are telecast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Ohio) replacing SportsTime Ohio and FSN Ohio as the MAC TV Partner. The deal was signed in August 2013 and is for five years.[47] Along with TWC SportsChannel, ESPN Regional TV retains the "local and regional" syndication telecast rights to the MAC for Football.

Ball State produces its own comprehensive television package with Ball State Sports Link. Affiliate stations include WIPB in Muncie, WNDY in Indianapolis, The CW in Fort Wayne, WHME in South Bend, WTVW in Evansville, WYIN in Merrillville and Comcast in Michigan. All Ball State Sports Link games are also broadcast on student radio station WCRD and on the Ball State Radio Network produced by WLBC-FM and Backyard Broadcasting.

NIU has multiple football and basketball games telecast by Comcast SportsNet Chicago. In addition, most NIU football and basketball games can be heard on WSCR-AM 670 "The Score" - Chicago's powerful 50,000-watt top-rated all-sports station, which reaches 38 states and Canada.

MAC Properties[edit]

MAC Properties (a division of ISP Sports) is the sponsorship arm of the Mid-American Conference, and handles all forms of sponsorship and advertising for the MAC which includes managing and growing its stable of official corporate partners. As of 2010, the MAC has five official corporate partners: FirstEnergy, Marathon, PNC Bank, AutoTrader.com and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. There are approximately 20 other companies engaged as sponsors of the conference at the non-official level. MAC Properties also assists with the management of the conference's television and radio contracts, including those with ESPN Regional, FOX Sports Ohio and ESPN 850 WKNR among others.

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