Mid-American Conference

Mid-American Conference
Mid-American Conference
Mid-American Conference logo
Established 1946
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 12 (13 in football, 14 in 2012)
Sports fielded 23 (men's: 11; women's: 12)
Region Great Lakes
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher (since 2009)
Website mac-sports.com
Mid-American Conference locations

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college 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.

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[1] because of the accomplishments of numerous former players in the National Football League. The MAC ranks highest among all eleven NCAA Division I FBS conferences for graduation rates.[2]


Member schools

There are twelve schools with full membership:

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment* Endowment
East Division
University of Akron Zips Akron, Ohio
1870 Public 29,251[3] $143 million
Bowling Green State University Falcons Bowling Green, Ohio
1910 Public 18,756[4] $118 million
University at Buffalo Bulls Buffalo, New York
1846 Public 28,601 $494 million
Kent State University Golden Flashes Kent, Ohio
1910 Public 24,449[5] $109 million
Miami University RedHawks Oxford, Ohio
1809 Public 20,126 $348 million
Ohio University Bobcats Athens, Ohio
1804 Public 20,437 $277 million
West Division
Ball State University Cardinals Muncie, Indiana
1918 Public 20,113 $141 million
Central Michigan University Chippewas Mount Pleasant, Michigan
1892 Public 26,788 $66 million
Eastern Michigan University Eagles Ypsilanti, Michigan
1849 Public 22,974 $39 million
Northern Illinois University Huskies DeKalb, Illinois
1895 Public 25,313 $157 million
University of Toledo Rockets Toledo, Ohio
1872 Public 21,594[4] $162 million
Western Michigan University Broncos Kalamazoo, Michigan
1903 Public 24,818 $168 million

* Main campus enrollment

Eight schools have affiliate membership status:

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Sport Endowment
Chicago State University Cougars Chicago, Illinois 1867 Public 7,131 Men's tennis $3 million
University of Evansville Purple Aces Evansville, Indiana 1854 Private 3,050 Men's swimming $64 million
Florida Atlantic University Owls Boca Raton, Florida 1961 Public 26,245 Men's soccer $156 million
Hartwick College Hawks Oneonta, New York 1797 Private 1,520 Men's soccer $52 million
University of Massachusetts Amherst Minutemen Amherst, Massachusetts 1863 Public 27,062 Football (starting 2012) $459 million
Missouri State University Bears Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public 21,425 Field hockey
Men's swimming
$48 million
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Salukis Carbondale, Illinois 1869 Public 21,000 Men's swimming $76 million
Temple University Owls Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 Public 34,218 Football (East Division) $235 million

Sports sponsored

The MAC sponsors the following 23 sports (11 men's, 12 women's):[6]




Former conference logo
Locations of the football-playing members of the Mid-American conference, including UMass, a future football-playing member beginning in 2012.

The Mid-American Conference charter members were Ohio University, Butler University, the University of Cincinnati, Wayne State University and Western Reserve University, one of the predecessors to today's Case Western Reserve University. Wayne State never participated and quickly bowed out. Butler 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..." [7]

The membership stayed steady for the next two decades except for the addition of Marshall University in 1954 and the departure of Western Reserve, which chose to de-emphasize intercollegiate athletics.[citation needed] Marshall was expelled from the conference in 1969 due to NCAA violations.[8] 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. Northern Illinois left after the 1986 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 Northern Illinois and addition of the University at Buffalo's Bulls in 1997 and 1998, respectively. The University of Central Florida joined for football only in 2001, becoming the first football-only member in conference history. Marshall (a second time) and Central Florida would leave after the 2004–2005 academic year, both joining Conference USA in all sports.

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

The University of Louisville was 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.

In addition to football affiliate Temple University, Missouri State University is an affiliate for field hockey, Hartwick College is an affiliate for men's soccer and Chicago State University is an affiliate for men's tennis.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Minutemen will be joining the MAC in football only in 2012.[9]

Former members

Membership time line

University at Buffalo Northern Illinois University Marshall University University of Akron Ball State University Northern Illinois University Eastern Michigan University Central Michigan University Marshall University Bowling Green State University University of Toledo Kent State University Western Michigan University Miami University Ohio University Case Western Reserve University University of Cincinnati Butler University Wayne State University


  • Dave Reese, 1946–1964
  • Bob James, 1964–1971
  • Fred Jacoby, 1971–1982
  • Jim Lessig, 1982–1990
  • Karl Benson, 1990–1994
  • Jerry Ippoliti, 1994–1999
  • Rick Chryst, 1999–2009
  • Jon Steinbrecher, 2009–present



The MAC is contracted to provide a team for three college football bowl games, the GoDaddy.com Bowl, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and the Humanitarian Bowl. The MAC also had a contract with the Birmingham Bowl (formerly the PapaJohns.com Bowl) to provide an alternate team if the Big East Conference could not fulfill its obligation as well a contract with the TicketCity Bowl to provide an alternate team in 2012 and the New Mexico Bowl in 2011 & 2013. [10]


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.[11] 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.[12] 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.

Hall of Fame

The Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame was the first Division I conference Hall of Fame.[13] It was established in 1987 and classes have been inducted in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994.

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.[13]

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
  • Caroline (Mast) Daugherty, Ohio, Basketball, 1994
  • Chuck Ealey, Toledo, Football, 1988
  • Fran Ebert, Western Michigan, Softball, Basketball, 1992
  • 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
  • Ted Kjolhede, Central Michigan, Basketball, 1988
  • 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
  • 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 Owchinko, Eastern Michigam, 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
  • Dick Shrider, Miami, Basketball, 1990
  • Jim Snyder, Ohio, Basketball, 1991
  • Shafer Suggs, Ball State, Football, 1989
  • Phil Villapiano, Bowling Green, Football, 1992
  • Nate Thurmond, Bowling Green, Basketball, 1989
  • Bob Welch, Eastern Michigan, Baseball, 1990
  • Dave Wottle, Bowling Green, Track and field, 1990
  • Bob Wren, Ohio, Baseball, 1989

Conference facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity
Akron InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field 27,000 James A. Rhodes Arena 5,500 FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field 3,000
Ball State Scheumann Stadium 20,400 John E. Worthen Arena 11,500 BSU Soccer Field 1,000
Bowling Green Doyt Perry Stadium 23,724 Stroh Center 4,700 Mickey Cochrane Stadium 1,500
Buffalo University at Buffalo Stadium 31,000 Alumni Arena 6,100 University at Buffalo Stadium 31,000
Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts Stadium 30,255 McGuirk Arena 5,300 CMU Soccer Complex ‡ 1,300
Eastern Michigan Rynearson Stadium 30,200 Convocation Center 8,800 Scicluna Field ‡ 700
Kent State Dix Stadium 20,500 Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center 6,327 Zoeller Field ‡ 833
Massachusetts * Gillette Stadium 68,756 Mullins Center 9,493 Rudd Field † 2,000
Miami Yager Stadium 24,286 Millett Hall 9,200 MU Soccer Field ‡ 1,000
Northern Illinois Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium 31,000 Convocation Center 10,000 NIU Track/Soccer Stadium 1,500
Ohio Peden Stadium 24,000 Convocation Center 13,080 Chessa Field 1,000
Temple * Lincoln Financial Field 68,532 Liacouras Center 10,224 Ambler Soccer Field † ~1,000
Toledo Glass Bowl 26,248 Savage Arena 7,300 Scott Park Soccer Complex ‡
Western Michigan Waldo Stadium 30,200 University Arena 5,421 WMU Soccer Complex 500

* Football affiliate
Atlantic 10 Conference member.
‡ Women's soccer only


A number of MAC sports, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and volleyball, are telecast on SportsTime Ohio replacing FSN Ohio as the MAC TV Partner the deal was signed in July 2010 and is for three years.[14] Along with STO, 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 also has a network station.

MAC Properties

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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  2. ^ "MAC Football Programs Lead I-A Public Institutions In Graduation Success Rates" (Press release). MAC-Sports.com. 2006-09-08. http://mac-sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=9400&ATCLID=620773&SPID=3802&SPSID=42968. Retrieved 2009-09-25. [dead link]
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  5. ^ "Concurrent Enrollment Report - Spring". Fifteenth Day Enrollment Statistics. Kent State University. February 2010. p. 4. http://www.kent.edu/rpie/enrollment/upload/ksu-system-15th-day-stats-spring-2010.pdf. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  6. ^ MAC-Sports.com at mac-sports.com, URL accessed June 20, 2010. Archived 06-30-10
  7. ^ The Lima News, February 19th, 1953
  8. ^ Wilson, Tracy. "The Real Story Behind We Are Marshall". http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/we-are-marshall2.htm. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Elton Alexander (April 19, 2011). "University of Massachusetts football to join Mid-American Conference, sources say". The Plain Dealer. http://www.cleveland.com/sports/college/index.ssf/2011/04/university_of_massachusetts_fo.html. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
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  11. ^ "Mid-American Conference and Quicken Loans Arena Announce Extension to Hold FirstEnergy Mac Tournament at The Q Through 2017". Quicken Loans Arena. 2010. http://www.theqarena.com/news/mac_100811/. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "MAC Tournament History" (PDF). 2008-09 Men's Basketball Media Guide. Mid-American Conference. 2008. pp. 62–63. https://www.nmnathletics.com//pdf5/153033.pdf?ATCLID=1620714&SPSID=42971&SPID=3803&DB_OEM_ID=9400. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
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