2008–09 Mid-American Conference season

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Mid-American Conference
(MAC)
Established 1946
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 12
Sports fielded 23 (men's: 11; women's: 12)
Region Great Lakes
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Commissioner Rick Chryst (since 1999)
Website http://www.mac-sports.com/
Locations
Mid-American Conference locations

The 2008–09 Mid-American Conference season is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I conference. The Mid-American Conference (MAC) sponsors 23 sports (11 men's and 12 women's). The MAC is made up of 12 full-time members and five affiliate members.

The 2008–09 season is the 63rd season in existence.

Member schools[edit]

There are twelve schools with full membership:

Institution Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment
East Division
University of Akron Zips Akron, Ohio 1870 Public 24,704
Bowling Green State University Falcons Bowling Green, Ohio 1910 Public 22,882
University at Buffalo Bulls Buffalo, New York 1846 Public 28,054
Kent State University Golden Flashes Kent, Ohio 1910 Public 22,352
Miami University RedHawks Oxford, Ohio 1809 Public 20,126
Ohio University Bobcats Athens, Ohio 1804 Public 20,437
West Division
Ball State University Cardinals Muncie, Indiana 1918 Public 20,113
Central Michigan University Chippewas Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1892 Public 26,788
Eastern Michigan University Eagles Ypsilanti, Michigan 1849 Public 22,974
Northern Illinois University Huskies DeKalb, Illinois 1895 Public 25,313
University of Toledo Rockets Toledo, Ohio 1872 Public 19,706
Western Michigan University Broncos Kalamazoo, Michigan 1903 Public 24,818

Five schools have affiliate membership status:

Institution Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Sport
Chicago State University Cougars Chicago, Illinois 1867 Public 7,131 Men's tennis
Florida Atlantic University Owls Boca Raton, Florida 1964 Public 26,245 Men's soccer
Hartwick College Hawks Oneonta, New York 1797 Private 1,520 Men's soccer
Missouri State University Lady Bears Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public 17,425 Field hockey
Temple University Owls Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 Public 34,218 Football

Reese and Jacoby trophies[edit]

The Reese and Jacoby trophies are awarded to the top men's and women's athletic departments in the Mid-American Conference.

Points are awarded based on each school's finish, with the overall total divided by the number of sports sponsored by each school. An institution may count either indoor track and field or outdoor track and field but not both.

Reese standings[edit]

Institution BB BKB CC FB Golf Soc Sw Ten TFI TFO W No. sports Total Avg
Kent State 10½ 9 5 12½ 12  8  12 7 70½ 10.07
Central Michigan 5 6 8 11½  4  6 10 6 46½ 7.75
Eastern Michigan 12½ 11½ 11  9  10 4 8 61½ 7.69
Ohio 12 6 7 5 8 8 6 46 7.67
Ball State 6 13 6 8 6 45 7.50
Western Michigan 2 6 11½ 5 12 5 36½ 7.30
Akron 5 5 5 1 12  7  12 7 49½ 7.07
Miami 11½ 1 5 2 7 46 6.57
Bowling Green 13 12½ 1 2 6 38½ 6.42
NIU 7 11 8 4 7 44½ 6.36
Buffalo 1 12½ 6 9 4  2  4 4 9 55½ 6.17
Toledo 9 8 6 31 5.17
Temple * 1 7.50
Hartwick * 7 1 7 7.00
Florida Atlantic * 3 1 3 3.00
Chicago State * 2 1 2 2.00

* Affiliate status only. Does not qualify for trophy.

Jacoby standings[edit]

Institution BKB CC FH Golf Gym SB Soc Sw Ten TFI TFO VB No. sports Total Avg
Miami 6 13 10 12½ 12½ 10 8 79 9.9
Central Michigan 7 11¼ 6 52¼ 8.7
Western Michigan 2 10¼ 13 7 55¼ 7.9
Toledo 10½ 7 13 10 5 8 63 7.9
Kent State 12 12½ 12 2 7 55 7.9
Ohio 6 10½ 7 5 7 12 8 57½ 7.2
Akron 12 2 5 13 5 8 56½ 7.1
Eastern Michigan 11½ 11¼ 10 5 8 52¾ 6.6
Bowling Green 13 1 8 2 8 50¾ 6.3
Ball State 12 2 3 6 1 10 9 49¼ 5.5
Buffalo 1 1 7 10¼ 1 7 34¼ 4.9
NIU 1 1 7 31½ 4.5
Missouri State * 3 1 3 3.0

* Affiliate status only. Does not qualify for trophy.

Sports[edit]

Basketball (men's)[edit]

2008–09 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Bowling Green 11 5   .688     19 14   .576
Buffalo 11 5   .688     21 12   .636
Miami 10 6   .625     17 13   .567
Akron 10 6   .625     23 13   .639
Kent State 10 6   .625     19 15   .559
Ohio 7 9   .438     15 17   .469
West
Ball State 7 9   .438     14 17   .452
Central Michigan 7 9   .438     12 19   .387
Western Michigan 7 9   .438     10 21   .323
Eastern Michigan 6 10   .375     8 24   .250
Northern Illinois 5 11   .313     10 20   .333
Toledo 5 11   .313     7 25   .219
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll


Tournament[edit]

Players of the week[edit]

The following are the MAC men's basketball players of the week. Number of awards won this season are in parenthesis.[1]

Week Division Player School
November 17 East Michael Bramos Miami
West David Kool Western Michigan
November 24 East Al Fisher Kent State
West Anthony Newell
Mike DiNunno
Ball State
NIU
December 1 East Kenny Hayes Miami
West Darion Anderson NIU
December 8 East Michael Bramos (2) Miami
West Anthony Newell (2) Ball State
December 15 East Michael Bramos (3) Miami
West Darion Anderson (2) NIU
December 22 East Chris Singletary Kent State
West Anthony Newel (3)
David Kool (2)
Ball State
Western Michigan
December 29 East Chris Knight Bowling Green
West Justin Anyijong Toledo
January 6 East Jerome Tillman
Andy Robinson
Ohio
Buffalo
West Jonathon Amos Toledo
January 12 East Chris Knight (2) Bowling Green
West David Kool (3) Western Michigan
Week Division Player School
January 19 East Jerome Tillman (2) Ohio
West Brandon Bowdry Eastern Michigan
January 26 East Rodney Pierce Buffalo
West Marcus Van Central Michigan
February 2 East Tyler Dierkers Miami
West Jarrod Jones Ball State
February 9 East Nate Miller Bowling Green
West Robbie Harman Central Michigan
February 16 East Al Fisher (2) Kent State
West Darion Anderson (3) NIU
February 23 East Al Fisher (3) Kent State
West Tyrone Kent Toledo
March 2 East
West
March 9 East
West

Basketball (women's)[edit]

Standings[edit]

Through March 8, 2009

East[edit]
Team Conference Overall
W L Pct. GB W L Pct.
Bowling Green 15 1 .938 26 3 .897
Kent State 8 8 .500 7 19 9 .679
Ohio * 7 9 .438 8 12 17 .414
Miami 7 9 .438 8 15 14 .517
Akron 6 10 .375 9 11 18 .379
Buffalo 2 14 .125 13 6 23 .207
West[edit]
Team Conference Overall
W L Pct. GB W L Pct.
Ball State 14 2 .875 22 8 .733
Toledo 11 5 .688 3 17 12 .586
NIU 10 6 .625 4 15 14 .517
Central Michigan 9 7 .563 5 17 13 .567
Eastern Michigan 4 12 .250 10 8 20 .286
Western Michigan 3 13 .188 11 7 22 .241

* Receives E3 seed based on 2–0 head-to-head record vs. Miami.

Tournament[edit]

Cross country (men's)[edit]

Eastern Michigan won its fourth consecutive MAC Championship in 2008. The All-MAC team consisted of Ryan Bloom (Buffalo), Josh Karanja (Eastern Michigan), Sammy Kiprotch (Central Michigan), Aiman Scullion (Kent State), Kevin Silver (Miami), Pat Sovacool (Miami) and Curtis Vollmar (Eastern Michigan).[2]

Sovacool of Miami was the only runner to qualify for the NCAA Championship. He finished 65th overall.[3]

In the preseason poll voted by the MAC head coaches, Eastern Michigan was chosen to win the 2008 men's MAC Cross Country Championship.[4] EMU had won the past three MAC Championships and had five All-MAC runners returning.[4]

MAC Championship results[edit]

  1. Eastern Michigan, 42 points
  2. Miami, 56
  3. Kent State, 61
  4. Central Michigan, 103
  5. Ohio, 122
  6. Buffalo, 169
  7. Akron, 179
  8. Toledo, 186
  9. Bowling Green, 270

Players of the week[edit]

Week Player School
September 2 Pat Sovacool Miami[5]
September 9 Pat Sovacool (2) Miami[5]
September 16 Tony Jordanek Kent State[5]
September 23 Pat Sovacool (3) Miami[5]
September 30 Shamus Eaton Ohio[5]
Week Player School
October 7 Josh Karanja Eastern Michigan[5]
October 14 R. P. White Eastern Michigan[5]
October 21 Josh Karanja Eastern Michigan[6]
October 28 Curtis Vollmar Eastern Michigan[7]

Cross country (women's)[edit]

MAC Championship results[edit]

  1. Miami, 39 points
  2. Akron, 81
  3. Ohio, 107
  4. Central Michigan, 141
  5. Bowling Green, 147
  6. Toledo, 165
  7. Buffalo, 177
  8. Kent State, 184
  9. Western Michigan, 218
  10. Eastern Michigan, 238
  11. Ball State, 251
  12. NIU, 355

Players of the week[edit]

Week Player School
September 2 Laura Neufarth[5] Miami
September 9 Kim Lorentz[5] Akron
September 16 Laura Neufarth (2)[5] Miami
September 23 Kim Lorentz (2)[5] Akron
Week Player School
September 30 Kari Summers[5] Ohio
October 7 Kim Lorentz (3)[5] Akron
October 14 Kari Summers (2)[5] Ohio

Field hockey[edit]

Standings[edit]

Team Conference Overall
W L Pct. GB W L Pct.
Kent State 9 1 .900 15 4 .789
Miami 7 3 .700 2 14 6 .700
Central Michigan 6 4 .600 3 7 11 .389
Ohio 6 4 .600 3 9 11 .450
Ball State 1 9 .100 8 2 16 .111
Missouri State 1 9 .100 8 6 14 .300

Football[edit]

2008 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Buffalo x   5 3         8 6  
Bowling Green   4 4         6 6  
Temple   4 4         5 7  
Ohio   3 5         4 8  
Akron   3 5         5 7  
Kent State   3 5         4 8  
Miami   1 7         2 10  
West
Ball State x   8 0         12 2  
Central Michigan   6 2         8 5  
Western Michigan   6 2         9 4  
Northern Illinois   5 3         6 7  
Toledo   2 6         3 9  
Eastern Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Buffalo 42, Ball State 24
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Ball State started the 2008 football season 12–0, going undefeated in conference play and defeating Indiana and Navy in out of conference games. BSU was ranked as high as 12th in the Associated Press Poll and 13th in the Coaches' Poll. They were also ranked 12th at one point in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings. However, Ball State was upset by Buffalo in the MAC Championship game, lost their bowl game vs. Tulsa and finished unranked in each of the polls.

In regular season non-conference games, the MAC defeated BCS opponents #25 Pittsburgh (Bowling Green won 27–17), Syracuse (Akron won 42–28), Indiana (Ball State won 42–20 and Central Michigan won 37–34), Illinois (Western Michigan won 23–17) and Michigan (Toledo won 13–10).

Despite having a successful non-conference record and gaining five bowl bids, the MAC finished the bowl season poorly. The MAC was the only conference to not win a bowl game and finished 0–5.


Golf (women's)[edit]

MAC Championship[edit]

1. Kent State (1217)
2. Eastern Michigan (1256)
3. Akron (1297)
3. Western Michigan (1297)
5. Toledo (1305)
6. Ball State (1313)
7. Ohio (1318)
8. NIU (1366)
9. Bowling Green (1401)

Soccer (men's)[edit]

Standings[edit]

Team Conference Overall
W L T Pct. GB W L T Pct.
Akron 6 0 0 1.000 17 2 4 .826
NIU 4 1 1 .750 11 6 4 .619
Buffalo 3 1 2 .667 2 12 4 4 .700
Hartwick 2 2 2 .500 3 7 5 7 .553
Western Michigan 2 4 0 .333 4 3 14 1 .194
Florida Atlantic 1 4 1 .250 5 13 1 .289
Bowling Green 0 6 0 .000 6 4 13 2 .263

Soccer (women's)[edit]

Standings[edit]

Team Conference Overall
W L T Pct. GB W L T Pct.
Toledo 8 2 1 .773 16 5 1 .750
Central Michigan 6 2 3 .682 1 12 5 3 .675
Eastern Michigan 6 2 3 .682 1 13 5 5 .630
Bowling Green 6 3 2 .636 12 6 4 .636
Western Michigan 6 4 1 .591 2 7 11 1 .395
NIU 5 4 2 .545 9 6 5 .575
Ball State 5 5 1 .500 3 9 10 1 .475
Miami 5 6 0 .455 6 12 1 .342
Ohio 4 5 2 .455 5 10 3 .361
Kent State 3 7 1 .318 5 6 11 1 .361
Akron 2 7 2 .273 7 9 2 .444
Buffalo 0 9 2 .091 4 10 4 .278

Swimming (men's)[edit]

Standings[edit]

Team Conference Overall
W L Pct. GB W L Pct.
Eastern Michigan 3 0 1.000 5 2 .714
Miami 2 1 .667 1 4 7 .364
Buffalo 1 2 .333 2 4 3 .571
Ball State 0 3 .000 3 1 4 .200

MAC Championship results[edit]

  1. Eastern Michigan, 1046.5 points
  2. Buffalo, 639.5
  3. Miami, 588
  4. Ball State, 267

Swimming (women's)[edit]

Standings[edit]

Team Conference Overall
W L Pct. GB W L Pct.
Miami 6 1 .857 10 2 .833
Eastern Michigan 5 2 .714 1 7 4 .636
Toledo 5 2 .714 1 6 5 .545
Ohio 4 3 .571 2 9 3 .750
Buffalo 4 3 .571 2 8 3 .727
Akron 2 5 .286 4 6 6 .500
Ball State 1 6 .143 5 2 7 .222
Bowling Green 1 6 .143 5 2 7 .222

MAC Championship results[edit]

  1. Miami, 639½ points
  2. Ohio, 611½
  3. Toledo, 568½
  4. Eastern Michigan, 497½
  5. Akron, 347
  6. Buffalo, 335
  7. Bowling Green, 305½
  8. Ball State, 200½

Track and field (men's)[edit]

Indoor MAC Championships[edit]

  1. Kent State, 159 points
  2. Eastern Michigan, 132
  3. Akron, 109
  4. Central Michigan, 64
  5. Buffalo, 61

Track and field (women's)[edit]

Indoor MAC Championships[edit]

1. Akron, 126 points
2. Kent State, 101
3. Miami, 73
3. Ball State, 73
5. Western Michigan, 62
6. Buffalo, 52
7. Central Michigan, 44½
8. Ohio, 42½
9. Eastern Michigan, 42
10. Toledo, 35
11. Bowling Green, 11
12. NIU, 1

Volleyball[edit]

Tournament bracket[edit]

  November 18
Campus sites
November 21
SeaGate Centre
November 22
SeaGate Centre
November 23
SeaGate Centre
                                     
8  Toledo 3  
9  Akron 1  
  8  Toledo 0  
    1  Western Michigan 3  
      
        
  1  Western Michigan 3  
  5  Bowling Green 1  
5  Bowling Green 3  
12  Buffalo 1  
  5  Bowling Green 3
    4  Central Michigan 1  
      
        
  1  Western Michigan 1
  2  Ohio 3
7  Ball State 3  
10  Eastern Michigan 0  
  7  Ball State 0
    2  Ohio 3  
      
        
  2  Ohio 3
  3  Miami 1  
6  NIU 3  
11  Kent State 2  
  6  NIU 2
    3  Miami 3  
      

Standings[edit]

East[edit]
Team Conference Overall
W L Pct. GB W L Pct.
Ohio 13 3 .813 21 7 .750
Bowling Green 12 4 .750 1 25 8 .758
Miami 12 4 .750 1 19 10 .655
Akron 5 11 .313 8 11 17 .393
Kent State 3 13 .188 10 13 17 .433
Buffalo 1 15 .063 12 6 25 .194
West[edit]
Team Conference Overall
W L Pct. GB W L Pct.
Western Michigan 14 2 .875 24 4 .857
Central Michigan 12 4 .750 2 19 11 .633
NIU 9 7 .563 5 18 14 .563
Ball State 6 10 .375 8 12 21 .364
Toledo 5 11 .313 9 14 17 .452
Eastern Michigan 4 12 .250 10 9 22 .290

Wrestling[edit]

Standings[edit]

Team Conference Overall
W L T Pct. GB W L T Pct.
Kent State 5 0 0 1.000 13 4 0 .765
Central Michigan 4 1 0 .800 1 17 3 1 .833
Ohio 3 2 0 .600 2 9 9 1 .500
Buffalo 1 4 0 .200 4 9 11 0 .450
Eastern Michigan 1 4 0 .200 4 7 11 0 .389
NIU 1 4 0 .200 4 5 8 0 .385

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