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 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. The MAC has been referred to as the Conference of Quarterbacks 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.
Member schools participate in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross-country, field hockey, football, men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track, women's volleyball and wrestling.
|University of Akron||Zips||Akron, Ohio|
|Bowling Green State University||Falcons||Bowling Green, Ohio|
|University at Buffalo||Bulls||Buffalo, New York|
|Kent State University||Golden Flashes||Kent, Ohio|
|Miami University||RedHawks||Oxford, Ohio|
|Ohio University||Bobcats||Athens, Ohio|
|Ball State University||Cardinals||Muncie, Indiana|
|Central Michigan University||Chippewas||Mount Pleasant, Michigan|
|Eastern Michigan University||Eagles||Ypsilanti, Michigan|
|Northern Illinois University||Huskies||DeKalb, Illinois|
|University of Toledo||Rockets||Toledo, Ohio|
|Western Michigan University||Broncos||Kalamazoo, Michigan|
Four schools have affiliate membership status:
|Chicago State University||Cougars||Chicago, Illinois||1867||Public||7,131||Men's tennis||$3 million|
|Florida Atlantic University||Owls||Boca Raton, Florida||1964||Public||26,245||Men's soccer||$194 million|
|Hartwick College||Hawks||Oneonta, New York||1797||Private||1,520||Men's soccer||$59 million|
|Missouri State University||Lady Bears||Springfield, Missouri||1905||Public||17,425||Field hockey||$55 million|
|Temple University||Owls||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1884||Public||34,218||Football||$204 million|
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. By the time the University of Cincinnati left after the 1952–1953 season, the MAC had already added University of Toledo (1950), Kent State University (1951) and Bowling Green State University (1952).
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. Marshall was kicked out of the conference in 1969. 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.
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, 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.
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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.
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.
|School||Football stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity|
|Akron||Rubber Bowl||35,202||James A. Rhodes Arena||5,500|
|Ball State||Scheumann Stadium||25,400||John E. Worthen Arena||11,500|
|Bowling Green||Doyt Perry Stadium||23,724||Anderson Arena||5,000|
|Buffalo||University at Buffalo Stadium||31,000||Alumni Arena||6,100|
|Central Michigan||Kelly/Shorts Stadium||30,199||Daniel P. Rose Center||5,200|
|Eastern Michigan||Rynearson Stadium||30,200||Convocation Center||8,800|
|Kent State||Dix Stadium||29,287||Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center||6,327|
|Miami||Yager Stadium||24,286||Millett Hall||9,200|
|Northern Illinois||Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium||31,000||Convocation Center||10,000|
|Ohio||Peden Stadium||24,000||Convocation Center||13,080|
|Temple *||Lincoln Financial Field||68,532||Liacouras Center †||10,224|
|Toledo||Glass Bowl||26,248||Savage Hall||9,000|
|Western Michigan||Waldo Stadium||30,200||University Arena||5,421|
Ball State produces its own comprehensive television package with the Ball State Sports Network. 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.