Mid-American Conference

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Mid-American Conference
Mid-American Conference logo.svg
Established1946
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FBS
Members12
Sports fielded
  • 24
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 13
Region Great Lakes
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher (since 2009)
Website getsomemaction.com
Locations
Mac States.svg

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.

Contents

The MAC is headquartered in the Public Square district in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, and has two members in the nearby Akron area. The conference ranks highest among all ten NCAA Division I FBS conferences for graduation rates. [1]

History

Locations of the full members of the Mid-American Conference. Mid-American Conference detailed map updated.png
Locations of the full members of the Mid-American Conference.

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..." [2]

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. [3] Marshall was expelled from the conference in 1969 due to NCAA violations. [4] 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 in 1997 and addition of the Bulls from the University at Buffalo in 1998. The University of Central Florida, a non-football all-sports member in the Atlantic Sun Conference at the time, joined for football only in 2002, becoming the first football-only member in conference history. Marshall and Central Florida left 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. [5]

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. [6]

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] Florida Atlantic departed upon joining Conference USA in 2013. Hartwick's contract was not renewed by the MAC in 2015. Nine schools are wrestling affiliates; most became affiliates when the MAC absorbed the former Eastern Wrestling League in 2019. Appalachian State University and Longwood University are associates in field hockey; Missouri State had also been a member in that sport from 2005 until dropping field hockey after the 2016 season. Binghamton University is an affiliate in men's tennis. In June 2017, SIU Edwardsville (SIUE) was invited to become an affiliate member in both men's soccer and wrestling in 2018. [9] When Buffalo suddenly dropped four sports, including men's soccer, SIUE's move in that sport was made immediately. [10]

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. [11] [12] 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. [13] [14] The Chicago State Cougars were an affiliate for men's tennis until joining the Western Athletic Conference, which sponsors that sport, in July 2013.

The conference unveiled the addition of women's lacrosse to its sport sponsorship in November 2019. [15] Lacrosse began competing under the MAC banner with six teams in the 2021 season with MAC members Akron, Central Michigan and Kent State joined by associate members Detroit Mercy, Robert Morris, and Youngstown State. Eastern Michigan will bring the league up to seven members once it adds women's lacrosse for the 2022 season. [16]

Member schools

Current members

There are twelve public schools with full membership:

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoined [17] TypeEnrollmentEndowment
(millions)
NicknameColors
East Division
University of Akron Akron, Ohio 18701992 Public 18,730 [18] $236 Zips          
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio 1910195217,540 [19] $175.2 Falcons          
University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York 1846199831,923 [20] $795 Bulls          
Kent State University Kent, Ohio 1910195128,122 [21] $145.8 Golden Flashes          
Miami University Oxford, Ohio 1809194719,933$554.8 RedHawks          
Ohio University Athens, Ohio 1804194623,323 [22] $596.4 Bobcats          
West Division
Ball State University Muncie, Indiana 19181973 Public 21,597 [23] $212.8 Cardinals          
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1892197121,705 [24] $189.3 Chippewas          
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan 1849197118,838$78.2 Eagles          
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 18951975, 199717,169$80 Huskies          
University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio 1872195020,304 [19] $454.1 Rockets          
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan 1903194722,562$405.2 Broncos          

Current affiliate members

Nineteen 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). [25] [26] Old Dominion discontinued wrestling in April 2020. [27]

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. [28] The new affiliates for 2014–15 were Binghamton in men's tennis and Longwood in field hockey. [29]

On July 1, 2017, one associate member left the MAC, another associate member dropped one of its two MAC sports, and two new schools became associate members. Northern Iowa wrestling moved from the MAC to the Big 12 Conference. [30] Missouri State dropped field hockey, [31] but remained a MAC member in men's swimming & diving. Appalachian State joined MAC field hockey, [32] and SIU Edwardsville (SIUE) joined in men's soccer. [33] SIUE was initially announced as joining in both men's soccer and wrestling in 2018, but less than a week after the initial announcement, the conference indicated that SIUE men's soccer would immediately join. [33] SIUE wrestling joined on its originally announced schedule.

On March 5, 2019 the conference announced that it would be adding the seven former members of the Eastern Wrestling League as affiliate members in wrestling, making the MAC the second largest wrestling conference for academic year 2019-2020. [34]

With the addition of women's lacrosse, the MAC added affiliate members Detroit Mercy, Robert Morris, and Youngstown State in the 2020–21 academic year. UDM and YSU, all-sports members of the Horizon League, were announced as incoming associates at the same time the MAC announced the addition of lacrosse. [16] RMU was announced as an incoming associate in late June 2020, shortly after the school announced it would join the Horizon League in July 2020. [35]

In June 2020, SIUE announced that it would leave the MAC men's soccer league in 2021 to rejoin its previous men's soccer home of the Missouri Valley Conference. [36] It will remain in MAC wrestling.

Also in 2021, Missouri will leave MAC wrestling and return to its former home of the Big 12 Conference as a wrestling-only member. [37]

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsSportPrimary Conference
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina 18992017Public19,089 Mountaineers          field hockey Sun Belt
Binghamton University Vestal, New York 1946201416,098 Bearcats               tennis (m) America East
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 183920199,950 Huskies          wrestling PSAC
(Division II)
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, Pennsylvania 18675,225 Golden Eagles          
Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio 196417,260 Vikings           Horizon League
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, Michigan 18772020Private5,700 Titans               lacrosse (w)
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, Pennsylvania 18572019Public4,834 Fighting Scots          wrestling PSAC
(Division II)
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana 18542009Private3,050 Purple Aces               swimming & diving (m) Missouri Valley
George Mason University Fairfax County, Virginia 19572019Public35,047 Patriots          wrestling Atlantic 10
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 18704,607 Bald Eagles           PSAC
(Division II)
Longwood University Farmville, Virginia 183920144,800 Lancers          field hockey Big South
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 18392012Public34,255 Tigers          wrestling SEC
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 19052009Public21,425 Bears          swimming & diving (m) Missouri Valley
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 18652019Private5,400 Broncs               wrestling MAAC
Robert Morris University Moon Township, Pennsylvania 192120204,895 Colonials               lacrosse (w) Horizon League
SIU Carbondale Carbondale, Illinois 18692009Public17,964 Salukis          swimming & diving (m) Missouri Valley
SIU Edwardsville [38] Edwardsville, Illinois 19572017 (soccer)14,142 Cougars          soccer (m) [39] Ohio Valley
2018 (wrestling)wrestling
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867201229,616 Mountaineers          soccer (m) Big 12
Youngstown State University Youngstown, Ohio 1908202015,058 Penguins          lacrosse (w) Horizon League

Future affiliate members

Three schools will become single-sport MAC members in July 2021–Bellarmine University in field hockey, [40] and Georgia Southern University and Georgia State University in men's soccer. [41]

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinsTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsSportPrimary Conference
Bellarmine University Louisville, Kentucky 19502021Private (Catholic)3,973 Knights          field hockey ASUN
Georgia Southern University Statesboro, Georgia 1906Public26,054 Eagles          soccer (m) Sun Belt
Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia 191352,000 Panthers          

Former members

School names, nicknames, and colors listed here reflect those used during each school's MAC tenure. Wayne University became Wayne State University in 1956, with athletic teams changing from Tartars to Warriors in 1999. The University of Central Florida, known as the Golden Knights during their MAC tenure, dropped "Golden" from the athletic nickname in 2007 as part of their rebrand to the UCF Knights. Western Reserve University, whose teams were known as the Red Cats during their time in the MAC, merged with Case Institute of Technology in 1967 to form Case Western Reserve University, with the athletic programs merging in 1971. With the athletic merger, Case Western Reserve abandoned the nicknames of both former institutions and adopted Spartans. Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), known as the IPFW Mastodons during their affiliation with the MAC for men's soccer and men's tennis, rebranded their athletic program as the Fort Wayne Mastodons in 2016. Following IPFW's split into two separate institutions in July 2018, the Fort Wayne athletic program transferred to the larger of the two new institutions, Purdue University Fort Wayne, and the athletic program rebranded again as the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons. The school colors changed to the old gold and black used by the other members of the Purdue system, most notably the main campus.

Former full members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsCurrent Conference
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 185519461949Private Bulldogs           Big East

Pioneer Football League (football only)

University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 18191953Public Bearcats           American
Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia 183719541997 Thundering Herd           C-USA
19692005
Wayne University Detroit, Michigan 186819461947 Tartars           [42] GLIAC
(Division II)
Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio 18261955Private Red Cats [43]    UAA
(Division III)

Former affiliate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsSportCurrent Primary
Conference
Current Conference
in Former MAC Sport)
Hartwick College [lower-alpha 1] Oneonta, New York 179720072014Private Hawks          soccer (m) [44] Empire 8
(NCAA Division III)
Indiana University-
Purdue University
Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, Indiana 19172002
tennis (m)
2007Public Mastodons          tennis (m) [45] Summit League
2005
soccer (m)
soccer (m) [44]
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 186519952005 Wildcats           SEC C-USA
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 17981994 Cardinals          field hockey [46] ACC
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts 186320122016 Minutemen          football Atlantic 10 FBS independent
Missouri State University [lower-alpha 2] Springfield, Missouri 190520052017 Lady Bears          field hockey [46] Missouri Valley (dropped sport)
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 18762012 Panthers          wrestling Big 12
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 193020132020 Monarchs                C-USA (dropped sport) [27]
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 188420072012 Owls          football The American
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 196320022005 Golden Knights          
Chicago State University Chicago, Illinois 18672007 [45] 2013 Cougars          tennis (m) WAC
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida 19612008 [44] Owls          soccer (m) C-USA
Notes
  1. 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.
  2. Missouri State remains a MAC affiliate in men's swimming & diving.

Membership timeline

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 UniversityWestern Reserve UniversityUniversity of CincinnatiButler UniversityWayne State UniversityMid-American Conference

Full membersAssociate members (football only)

Academics

One of the current full member schools, the University at Buffalo, is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. [47] All members are considered "high research activity," by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching except for the University at Buffalo which is considered "very high research activity," the highest classification given. [48] Member schools are also ranked nationally and globally by various groups, including U.S. News & World Report and Times Higher Education .

UniversityLocationAffiliation Carnegie [48] Endowment [49] [50] USN Nat. [51] URAP Global [52]
University of Akron Akron, Ohio PublicResearch (High)$236,000,000293-381763
Ball State University Muncie, Indiana PublicResearch (High)$212,800,0001921437
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio PublicResearch (High)$138,000,0002461443
University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York PublicResearch (Very High)$795,000,00079279
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Michigan PublicResearch (High)$156,400,0002401,335
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan PublicResearch (High)$67,200,000293-3812,187
Kent State University Kent, Ohio PublicResearch (High)$138,000,000211801
Miami University Oxford, Ohio PublicResearch (High)$558,300,000911,061
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois PublicResearch (High)$74,700,000293-3811,078
Ohio University Athens, Ohio PublicResearch (High)$596,400,000176701
University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio PublicResearch (High)$454,100,000293-381745
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan PublicResearch (High)$405,200,0002461,292

Commissioners

Sports

The Mid-American Conference sponsors championship competition in 11 men's and 13 women's NCAA sanctioned sports, with women's lacrosse becoming the newest sport in 2020–21. [53] As of the 2020–21 school year, 19 schools are associate members for six sports.

As the MAC is an FBS conference, its full members are subject to the NCAA requirement that FBS members field teams in at least 16 NCAA-recognized sports. However, the MAC itself requires sponsorship of only four sports: football, men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball. [54]

Teams in MAC competition [lower-alpha 1]
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball 11
Basketball 1212
Cross country 812
Field hockey 7
Football 12
Golf 810
Gymnastics 7
Lacrosse 6 [lower-alpha 2]
Soccer 712
Softball 12
Swimming and diving 78
Tennis 67
Track and field (indoor) 412
Track and field (outdoor) 512
Volleyball 12
Wrestling 14
  1. Numbers of teams are as of the 2020–21 school year.
  2. Starting play in 2020–21 with 6 teams; a seventh will be added in 2021–22.

Men's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross countryFootballGolfSoccerSwimmingTennisTrack and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
WrestlingTotal MAC sports
AkronGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg [lower-alpha 1] Green check.svgRed x.svg [lower-alpha 1] Green check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg6
Ball StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg6
Bowling GreenGreen check.svg [lower-alpha 2] Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg6
BuffaloRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Central MichiganGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg5
Eastern MichiganGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg7
Kent StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Miami (OH)Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg7
Northern IllinoisGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg7
OhioGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg6
ToledoGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg6
Western MichiganGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg5
Totals111281284+2 [lower-alpha 3] 2+3 [lower-alpha 4] 5+1 [lower-alpha 5] 455+9 [lower-alpha 6] 76+15
  1. 1 2 Akron dropped men's cross country and men's golf at the end of the 2019–20 school year. [55]
  2. Bowling Green initially dropped baseball at the end of the 2019–20 school year, citing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, [56] but reinstated the team less than three weeks later following a successful fundraising drive. [57]
  3. Affiliate members SIU Edwardsville and West Virginia. In 2021, SIUE will leave MAC men's soccer, and Georgia Southern and Georgia State will join.
  4. Affiliate members Evansville, Missouri State, and Southern Illinois.
  5. Affiliate member Binghamton.
  6. Affiliates Bloomsburg, Clarion, Cleveland State, Edinboro, George Mason, Lock Haven, Missouri, Rider, and SIUE. Missouri leaves in July 2021.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the MAC

SchoolIce hockeyRifle [lower-alpha 1] Volleyball
AkronNo GARC No
Ball StateNoNo MIVA
Bowling Green WCHA [lower-alpha 2] NoNo
Miami NCHC NoNo
Western Michigan NCHC NoNo
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. Bowling Green is one of seven WCHA men's members (out of 10) that have announced they will leave the men's side of the conference after the 2020–21 season and form a revived Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

Women's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBasketballCross countryField hockeyGolfGymnasticsLacrosse [lower-alpha 1] SoccerSoftballSwimmingTennisTrack and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
VolleyballTotal MAC sports
AkronGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg [lower-alpha 2] Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Ball StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg12
Bowling GreenGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
BuffaloGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Central MichiganGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
Eastern MichiganGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg [lower-alpha 3] Green check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Kent StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
MiamiGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Northern IllinoisGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
OhioGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
ToledoGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Western MichiganGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Totals12125+2 [lower-alpha 4] 1073+3 [lower-alpha 5] 121187121212123+5
  1. MAC play begins in the 2021 season (2020–21 school year).
  2. Akron dropped women's tennis at the end of the 2019–20 school year. [55]
  3. Eastern Michigan begins women's lacrosse play in the 2021–22 school year.
  4. Affiliate members Appalachian State and Longwood. Bellarmine will become an affiliate in July 2021.
  5. Affiliate members Detroit Mercy, Robert Morris, and Youngstown State.

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the MAC

SchoolRifle [lower-alpha 1] RowingSynchronized skating [lower-alpha 2]
Akron GARC NoNo
Eastern MichiganNo CAA No
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

All-time results

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TeamFirst seasonAll-time recordAll-time win %Bowl appearancesBowl recordMAC titlesOther conference titlesStadiumHead coach
East Division
Akron 1891518–545–36.48821–110 InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field Tom Arth
Bowling Green 1919533–364–52.589135–8125 Doyt Perry Stadium Scot Loeffler
Buffalo 1894385–514–28.43031–211 University at Buffalo Stadium Lance Leipold
Kent State 1920335–535–28.38931-210 Dix Stadium Sean Lewis
Miami (OH) 1888674–446–44.598107–3157 Yager Stadium Chuck Martin
Ohio 1894579–566–47.505135–856 Peden Stadium Frank Solich
West Division
Ball State 1924439–402–32.52170–755 Scheumann Stadium Mike Neu
Central Michigan 1896603–400–37.59893–679 Kelly/Shorts Stadium Jim McElwain
Eastern Michigan 1891443–576–47.43841–319 Rynearson Stadium Chris Creighton
Northern Illinois 1899566–475–51.542114–758 Huskie Stadium Thomas Hammock
Toledo 1917517–416–24.5531510–5103 Glass Bowl Jason Candle
Western Michigan 1905556–439–24.55771–631 Waldo Stadium Tim Lester

MAC champions

Bowl games

In 2017, the MAC is contracted to provide a team for each of the four college football bowl games: the Bahamas Bowl, LendingTree Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and Camellia Bowl. The MAC also has secondary agreements with the Quick Lane Bowl and with several ESPN owned bowls.

NameLocationOpposing conference
Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas C-USA
LendingTree Bowl Mobile, Alabama Sun Belt
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, Idaho Mountain West
Camellia Bowl Montgomery, Alabama Sun Belt
Notes

College Football Playoff

The MAC champion receives an automatic berth in one of the so-called "New Year's Six" bowl games associated with the College Football Playoff under either of the following circumstances::

The first "Access Bowl" berth in 2014 went to Boise State (MW); the 2015 berth went to Houston (American). The MAC got its first berth in 2016 with Western Michigan.

During the era of the now-defunct Bowl Championship Series (BCS), one MAC team appeared in a BCS bowl game. In 2012, NIU qualified by being ranked in the top 16 (15th) in the season's final BCS standings, and also higher than at least one champion of a conference that received an automatic berth in a BCS game. In the 2012 season, two such conference champions were ranked below NIU: 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
Akron Kent State Wagon Wheel 6135–24–2AkronAkron won 4
Akron Youngstown State Steel Tire 3519–14–2Youngstown StateYoungstown State won 3
Bowling Green Kent State Battle for the Anniversary Award Anniversary Award8360–21–5Bowling GreenKent State won 1
Bowling Green Toledo Battle of I-75 Battle of I-75 Trophy 8440–40–4TiedBowling Green won 1
Miami Cincinnati Battle for the Bell Victory Bell 12059–57–7MiamiCincinnati won 13
Miami Ohio Battle of the Bricks 9454-40-2MiamiMiami won 3
Ohio Marshall Battle for the Bell The Bell6033–21–6MarshallMarshall won 2
Ball State Northern Illinois Bronze Stalk Trophy 4424–21–2Northern IllinoisBall State won 1
Central Michigan Western Michigan CMU–WMU Rivalry Victory Cannon9050-38–2Western MichiganWestern Michigan won 2

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, Western Michigan has won 6 times, Central Michigan has won 5 times, and Eastern Michigan has won the trophy 4 times. Western Michigan has won the trophy the past two years (2018 and 2019) as well as 5 of the past 6 years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018,and 2019).

Basketball

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 the venue then known as Quicken Loans Arena and now as Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse through 2017. [59] 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. [60] 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.

On May 12, 2020, Steinbrecher announced a suite of major changes to the conference's competitive format across multiple sports in response to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific to men's and women's basketball, the following changes took effect in 2020–21 and will continue through at least 2023–24: [61]

Championships

Current MAC champions

The following are the most recent conference champions of each MAC sport. Champions from the previous academic year are indicated in italics.

In sports in which regular-season and tournament champions are recognized, "RS" indicates regular-season champion and "T" indicates tournament champion.

  1. The final round of the 2019 men's golf championships was canceled due to weather-related issues. Eastern Michigan and Kent State, which were tied for the team lead entering the final round, were declared co-champions.

Facilities

SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacity
Akron InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field 27,000 James A. Rhodes Arena 5,500 Lee R. Jackson Field 1,500
Ball State Scheumann Stadium 22,500 [62] 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 6,100Non-baseball school
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 Schoonover Stadium 1,130
Miami Yager Stadium 24,286 Millett Hall 6,400 Stanley G. McKie Field at Joseph P. Hayden Jr. Park 1,000
Northern Illinois Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium 23,595 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

The Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame was the first Division I conference Hall of Fame. [63] It was established in 1987 and classes have been inducted in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2012 and 2013. [64] [65]

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. [63]

The following is a list of the members of the MAC Hall of Fame, along with school affiliation, sport(s) for which they were inducted, and year of induction.

Media

Broadcasts

A number of MAC sports, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and volleyball, are telecast on Spectrum Sports (Ohio), replacing SportsTime Ohio and Fox Sports Ohio as the MAC TV partner. [66] Along with Spectrum Sports, ESPN, as well as the American Sports Network, retain the "local and regional" syndication telecast rights to the MAC for football and basketball.

In 2000 ESPN began broadcasting MAC football games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The conference agreed to the unusual schedule to increase television ratings by not competing against other football. Fans nicknamed the midweek games MACtion. In 2014 the conference and ESPN agreed to a new contract for 13 years. Each school receives more than $800,000 annually, and plays most November games on weekday nights; 16 of 18 games in 2016 were not on Saturdays, for example. While MACtion decreases stadium attendance, games appear on an ESPN channel to a nationwide audience instead of a less-popular channel or streaming media. [67]

Ball State produces its own comprehensive television package with Ball State Sports Link. Affiliate stations include WIPB in Muncie, WNDY in Indianapolis, WPTA 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

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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