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Mid-American Conference
(MAC)
Mid-American Conference logo
Established 1946
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 12 (13 in football)
Sports fielded 23 (men's: 11; women's: 12)
Region Great Lakes
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher (since 2009)
Website mac-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:

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors U.S. News Ranking
East Division
University of Akron Akron, Ohio 1870 1992[13] Public 25,865[14] Zips Akron Navy Blue & Gold[15]
         
207–270 (National)
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio 1910 1952[13] Public 18,756[16] Falcons BGSU Orange & Brown[17]
         
181 (National)
University at Buffalo,
The State University
of New York
Buffalo, New York 1846 1998[13] Public 29,850 [18] Bulls Blue & Gray[19]
         
109 (National)
Kent State University Kent, Ohio 1910 1951[13] Public 29,477[20] Golden Flashes Kent State Blue & Gold[21]
         
201 (National)
Miami University Oxford, Ohio 1809 1947[13] Public 20,126 RedHawks Red & White[22]
         
75 (National)
Ohio University Athens, Ohio 1804 1946[13] Public 21,844 Bobcats Ohio Green & Gray[23]
         
135 (National)
West Division
Ball State University Muncie, Indiana 1918 1973[13] Public 20,113 Cardinals Cardinal & White[24]
         
181 (National)
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1892 1971[13] Public 27,693 [25] Chippewas Maroon & Gold[26]
         
190 (National)
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan 1849 1971[13] Public 22,974 Eagles Green & Black[27]
         
77 (Regional: Midwest)
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 1895 1975,
1997[13]
Public 25,313 Huskies Cardinal & Black[28]
         
177 (National)
University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio 1872 1950[13] Public 21,594[16] Rockets Tower Blue & Rocket Gold[29]
         
207–270 (National)
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan 1903 1947[13] Public 25,045 Broncos Brown & 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]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Primary
Conference
MAC Sport(s)
Binghamton University Vestal, New York 1946 Public 16,098 Bearcats Green & White
         
America East men's tennis
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana 1854 Private 3,050 Purple Aces Purple, White, & Orange
              
Missouri Valley men's swimming
Longwood University Farmville, Virginia 1839 Public 4,800 Lancers Blue & Grey
         
Big South field hockey
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts 1863 Public 27,062 Minutemen Maroon & White
         
Atlantic 10 (A-10) football
(MAC East Division)
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 Public 34,255 Tigers Black and MU Gold
         
SEC wrestling
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public 21,425 Bears Maroon & White
         
Missouri Valley field hockey
men's swimming
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1876 Public 13,080 Panthers Purple and Gold
         
Missouri Valley wrestling
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 Public 24,730 Monarchs Slate Blue, Silver, and Light Blue
              
C-USA wrestling
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Illinois 1869 Public 17,964 Salukis Maroon & White
         
Missouri Valley men's swimming
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 Public 29,616 Mountaineers Old Gold & Blue
         
Big 12 men'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]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Current
Conference
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 1946 1949 Private 4,667 Bulldogs Blue & White
         
Big East
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 1946 1953 Public 41,357 Bearcats Red & Black
         
American
Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia 1837 1954,
1997
1969,
2005
Public 13,971 Thundering Herd Kelly Green & White[35]
         
C-USA
Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 1868 1946 1947 Public 30,909 Tartars Green & Gold
         
GLIAC
(Division II)
Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio 1826 1946 1955 Private 9,685 Red Cats Blue, White, & Gray
              
UAA
(Division III)

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Current
Conference
MAC Sport
Hartwick College Oneonta, New York 1797 2007 2014 Private 1,520 Hawks Wellesley Blue & White
         
Empire 8
(NCAA Division III)
men's soccer[36]
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne
(IPFW)
Fort Wayne, Indiana 1917 2002 (tennis)
2005 (men's soccer)
2007 (tennis)
2007 (men's soccer)
Public 14,326 Mastodons Royal Blue & White
         
The Summit League men's soccer[36]
Men's tennis[37]
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 1865 1995 2005 Public 28,094 Wildcats Blue & White
         
C-USA (men's soccer)
SEC (most sports)
men's soccer[36]
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 1994 2005 Public 22,293 Cardinals Red & Black
         
ACC field hockey[38]
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2007 2012 Public 37,696 Owls Cherry & White
         
American football
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 1963 2002 2005 Public 58,698 Golden Knights Black & Gold
         
American football
Chicago State University Chicago, Illinois 1867 2007[37] 2013 Public 7,131 Cougars Evergreen & White
         
WAC men's tennis
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida 1961 2008[36] 2013 Public 26,245 Owls Blue, Red, & Silver
              
C-USA men'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 football Temple Owls football UCF Knights football University at Buffalo University of Akron Northern Illinois University Ball State University Eastern Michigan University Central Michigan University Marshall University Bowling Green State University Kent State University University of Toledo Western Michigan University Miami University Ohio University Case Western Reserve University University of Cincinnati Butler University Wayne 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
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball 12
Basketball 12 12
Cross country 9 12
Field hockey 7
Football 13
Golf 9 10
Gymnastics 7
Soccer 6 12
Softball 12
Swimming and diving 7 8
Tennis 6 9
Track and field (indoor) 5 12
Track and field (outdoor) 6 12
Volleyball 12
Wrestling 9

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross country Football Golf Soccer Swimming Tennis Track and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
Wrestling Total MAC sports
Akron Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 8
Ball State Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 6
Bowling Green Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 6
Buffalo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Central Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Eastern Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Kent State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Miami Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN 7
NIU Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY 7
Ohio Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY 6
Toledo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 6
Western Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 5
Totals 12 12 9 12+1[a 1] 9 5+1[a 2] 4+3[a 3] 5+1[a 4] 5 6 6+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]

School Ice hockey Rifle1 Volleyball
Akron No Mid-Atlantic Rifle No
Ball State No No MIVA
Bowling Green WCHA No No
Miami NCHC No No
Western Michigan NCHC No No

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]

School Basketball Cross country Field hockey Golf Gymnastics Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
Volleyball Total MAC sports
Akron Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Ball State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Bowling Green Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Buffalo Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Central Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Eastern Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Kent State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Miami Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
NIU Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Ohio Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Toledo Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Western Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Totals 12 12 5+2[b 1] 10 7 12 12 8 9 12 12 12 123+2
  1. ^ Affiliate members Longwood and Missouri State.

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

School Rifle1 Rowing Synchronized skating2
Akron Mid-Atlantic Rifle No No
Buffalo No CAA No
Eastern Michigan No CAA No
Miami No No Independent

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
Team First season All-time record All-time win % Bowl appearances Bowl record MAC titles Other conference titles Stadium Head coach
East Division
Akron 1891 493–514–37 .490 1 0–1 1 0 InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field Terry Bowden
Bowling Green 1919 515–354–52 .587 11 4–7 11 5 Doyt Perry Stadium Dave Clawson
Buffalo 1894 375–500–28 .431 2 0–2 1 1 University at Buffalo Stadium Jeff Quinn
Kent State 1920 330–517–28 .393 2 0–2 1 0 Dix Stadium Paul Haynes
Massachusetts 1879 558–551–51 .503 1 0–1 0 20 Gillette Stadium Mark Whipple
Miami 1888 669–427–44 .606 10 7–3 15 7 Yager Stadium Chuck Martin
Ohio 1894 531–541–47 .496 8 2–6 5 6 Peden Stadium Frank Solich
West Division
Ball State 1924 431–386–32 .527 7 0–7 5 5 Scheumann Stadium Pete Lembo
Central Michigan 1896 590–389–37 .599 7 3–4 7 9 Kelly/Shorts Stadium Dan Enos
Eastern Michigan 1891 440–555–47 .445 2 1–1 1 9 Rynearson Stadium Ron English
NIU 1899 547–466–51 .538 9 4–5 3 8 Huskie Stadium Rod Carey
Toledo 1917 498–410–24 .547 13 8–5 10 3 Glass Bowl Matt Campbell
Western Michigan 1905 529–431–24 .550 5 0–5 2 1 Waldo Stadium P. 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.

Pick Name Location Opposing conference Opposing pick
2 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Detroit, Michigan Big Ten 8
1 GoDaddy.com Bowl Mobile, Alabama Sun Belt 1
3 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, Idaho Mountain West 6

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:

  • Ranked in the top 12 of the BCS Rankings.
  • Ranked in the top 16 of the BCS Rankings and its ranking is higher than that of an automatic qualifying conference champion.

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:

Teams Rivalry name Trophy Meetings Record Series leader Current streak
Akron Kent State Wagon Wheel 55 30–23–2 Akron Akron won 1
Akron Youngstown State Steel Tire 35 14–19–2 Youngstown State Youngstown State won 3
Bowling Green Kent State Battle for the Anniversary Award Anniversary Award 81 56–19–6 Bowling Green Kent State loss 1
Bowling Green Toledo Battle of I-75 Battle of I-75 Trophy 78 39–35–4 Bowling Green Toledo won 4
Massachusetts Boston College Boston College–UMass football rivalry 22 4–18 Boston College Boston College won 7
Massachusetts New Hampshire Colonial Clash Bill Knight Trophy (MVP) 74 43–28–3 Massachusetts New Hampshire won 2
Massachusetts Connecticut UConn–UMass football rivalry 4 2-2 Massachusetts Connecticut loss 2
Miami Cincinnati Battle for the Bell Victory Bell 118 59–52–7 Miami Cincinnati won 8
Ohio Marshall Battle for the Bell The Bell 57 32–19–6 Ohio Ohio won 3
Ball State NIU Bronze Stalk Trophy 42 20–19–3 Ball State NIU won 5
Central Michigan Western Michigan CMU–WMU Rivalry Victory Cannon 84 37–45–2 Western Michigan Central Michigan won 1
Ohio Miami Battle of the Bricks - 90 53-35-2 Miami Miami 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]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity
Akron InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field 27,000 James A. Rhodes Arena 5,500 Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field 1,500
Ball State Scheumann Stadium 25,400 John E. Worthen Arena 11,500 Ball Diamond 1,700
Bowling Green Doyt Perry Stadium 24,000 Stroh Center 4,700 Warren E. Steller Field 2,500
Buffalo University at Buffalo Stadium 31,000 Alumni Arena 6,100 Amherst Audubon Field 500
Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts Stadium 32,885 McGuirk Arena 5,300 Bill Theunissen Stadium 2,046
Eastern Michigan Rynearson Stadium 30,200 Convocation Center 8,800 Oestrike Stadium 1,313
Kent State Dix Stadium 25,319 Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center 6,327 Olga Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium 1,148
Massachusetts Gillette Stadium 68,756 Football-only member
Miami Yager Stadium 24,286 Millett Hall 6,400 Stanley G. McKie Field at Joseph P. Hayden Jr. Park 1,000
NIU Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium 24,000 Convocation Center 10,000 Ralph McKinzie Field 1,500
Ohio Peden Stadium 24,000 Convocation Center 13,080 Bob Wren Stadium 4,000
Toledo Glass Bowl 26,248 Savage Arena 7,300 Scott Park Baseball Complex 1,000
Western Michigan Waldo Stadium 30,200 University Arena 5,421 Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Judson Hyames Field 1,500

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.

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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