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Mid-American Conference

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.

Member schools

There are twelve schools with full membership:

Institution Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Endowment
East Division
University of Akron Zips Akron, Ohio
1870 Public 24,704 $212 million
Bowling Green State University Falcons Bowling Green, Ohio
1910 Public 22,882 $70 million
University at Buffalo Bulls Buffalo, New York
1846 Public 28,054 $566 million
Kent State University Golden Flashes Kent, Ohio
1910 Public 22,352 $80 million
Miami University RedHawks Oxford, Ohio
1809 Public 20,126 $320 million
Ohio University Bobcats Athens, Ohio
1804 Public 20,437 $240 million
West Division
Ball State University Cardinals Muncie, Indiana
1918 Public 20,113 $117 million
Central Michigan University Chippewas Mount Pleasant, Michigan
1892 Public 26,788 $41 million
Eastern Michigan University Eagles Ypsilanti, Michigan
1849 Public 22,974 $50 million
Northern Illinois University Huskies DeKalb, Illinois
1895 Public 25,313 $63 million
University of Toledo Rockets Toledo, Ohio
1872 Public 19,706 $173 million
Western Michigan University Broncos Kalamazoo, Michigan
1903 Public 24,818 $197 million

Four schools have affiliate membership status:

Institution Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Sport Endowment
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

Division breakdown

MAC East

MAC West


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.

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

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.

Former members

Membership time line

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  • 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–present



The MAC is contracted to provide a team for three college football bowl games, the GMAC Bowl, Motor City Bowl and International Bowl. In the event that a Big East team cannot be provided for the newly created Bowl, a fourth MAC team is selected.


In March of 2006, Commissioner Rick Chryst and Cleveland Cavaliers president Len Komoroski announced that the Mid-American Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments would remain in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena through 2011. 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 (the 2007 semi-final between Akron and Kent State drew a crowd of more than 15,000). 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. 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.

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.

Conference facilities

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
* Football affiliate
Atlantic Ten Conference member for basketball


A number of MAC sports, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and volleyball, are telecast on FSN Ohio.

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.

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