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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 Yorkmarker to Illinoismarker. Nine of the twelve full member schools are in Ohiomarker and Michiganmarker, with single members located in Illinois, Indianamarker and New York. For football, the MAC participates in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision.

The MAC is headquartered in the Public Squaremarker district in downtown Cleveland, Ohiomarker. 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

Locations of current Mid-American Conference full member institutions.
There are twelve schools with full membership:

Institution Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Endowment
East Division
University of Akronmarker Zips Akron, Ohiomarker
1870 Public 25,942 $212 million
Bowling Green State University Falcons Bowling Green, Ohiomarker
1910 Public 22,882 $70 million
University at Buffalo Bulls Buffalo, New Yorkmarker
1846 Public 28,054 $566 million
Kent State Universitymarker Golden Flashes Kent, Ohiomarker
1910 Public 34,411 $158 million
Miami Universitymarker RedHawks Oxford, Ohiomarker
1809 Public 20,126 $409 million
Ohio Universitymarker Bobcats Athens, Ohiomarker
1804 Public 20,437 $240 million
West Division
Ball State Universitymarker Cardinalsmarker Muncie, Indianamarker
1918 Public 20,113 $222 million
Central Michigan Universitymarker Chippewas Mount Pleasant, Michiganmarker
1892 Public 26,788 $82 million
Eastern Michigan Universitymarker Eagles Ypsilanti, Michiganmarker
1849 Public 22,974 $50 million
Northern Illinois Universitymarker Huskies DeKalb, Illinoismarker
1895 Public 25,313 $150 million
University of Toledomarker Rockets Toledo, Ohiomarker
1872 Public 19,706 $173 million
Western Michigan Universitymarker Broncos Kalamazoo, Michiganmarker
1903 Public 24,818 $197 million

Five schools have affiliate membership status:

Institution Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Sport Endowment
Chicago State Universitymarker Cougars Chicago, Illinoismarker 1867 Public 7,131 Men's tennis $3 million
Florida Atlantic Universitymarker Owls Boca Raton, Floridamarker 1961 Public 26,245 Men's soccer $194 million
Hartwick College Hawks Oneonta, New Yorkmarker 1797 Private 1,520 Men's soccer $65 million
Missouri State Universitymarker Lady Bears Springfield, Missourimarker 1905 Public 21,425 Field hockey $55 million
Temple Universitymarker Owls Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker 1884 Public 34,218 Football $204 million

Division breakdown

MAC East

MAC West


Former conference logo

The Mid-American Conference charter members were Ohio Universitymarker, Butler University, the University of Cincinnatimarker, Wayne State Universitymarker and Western Reserve University, one of the predecessors to today's Case Western Reserve Universitymarker. Wayne State never participated and quickly bowed out. Butler left after the first year. Miami Universitymarker and Western Michigan Universitymarker took the place of those charter members for the 1948 season. By the time the University of Cincinnatimarker left after the 1923–1953 season, the MAC had already added University of Toledomarker (1950), Kent State Universitymarker (1951) and Bowling Green State University (1952).

The membership stayed steady for the next two decades except for the addition of Marshall Universitymarker in 1954 and the departure of Western Reserve, which chose to de-emphasize intercollegiate athletics. Marshall was kicked out of the conference in 1969 due to NCAA violations. The first major expansion since the 1950s took place in the mid-1970s with the addition of Central Michigan Universitymarker and Eastern Michigan Universitymarker in 1972 and Ball State Universitymarker and Northern Illinois Universitymarker in 1973. Northern Illinois left after the 1986 season. The University of Akronmarker 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 Floridamarker 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, Pennsylvaniamarker signed a six year contract with the MAC as a football-only school and began play in the East Division in 2007.

University of Louisvillemarker 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 Universitymarker is an affiliate for field hockey, Hartwick College is an affiliate for men's soccer and Chicago State Universitymarker 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, 1999–2009
  • Jon Steinbrecher, 2009–present

It was announced in January 2009 that Chryst will step down from the position in June 2009. He was replaced by Jon Steinbrecher.



The MAC is contracted to provide a team for three college football bowl games, the GMAC Bowl, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and International Bowl. The MAC also had a contract with the Bowl to provide an alternate team if the Big East Conference could not fulfill its obligation, but the contract was not renewed.


In March 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 Arenamarker 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. 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 Summa Field at InfoCision Stadiummarker 30,000 James A.marker Rhodes Arenamarker 5,500
Ball State Scheumann Stadiummarker 25,400 John E.marker Worthen Arenamarker 11,500
Bowling Green Doyt Perry Stadiummarker 23,724 Anderson Arenamarker 5,000
Buffalo University at Buffalo Stadiummarker 31,000 Alumni Arenamarker 6,100
Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts Stadiummarker 30,199 Daniel P. Rose Center 5,200
Eastern Michigan Rynearson Stadiummarker 30,200 Convocation Centermarker 8,800
Kent State Dix Stadiummarker 25,000 Memorial Athletic and Convocation Centermarker 6,327
Miami Yager Stadiummarker 24,286 Millett Hallmarker 9,200
Northern Illinois Brigham Field at Huskie Stadiummarker 31,000 Convocation Centermarker 10,000
Ohio Peden Stadiummarker 24,000 Convocation Centermarker 13,080
Temple * Lincoln Financial Fieldmarker 68,532 Liacouras Centermarker 10,224
Toledo Glass Bowlmarker 26,248 Savage Arenamarker 9,000
Western Michigan Waldo Stadiummarker 30,200 University Arenamarker 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 Statemarker produces its own comprehensive television package with the Ball State Sports Network. Affiliate stations include WIPBmarker in Munciemarker, WNDYmarker in Indianapolismarker, The CW in Fort Waynemarker, WHMEmarker in South Bendmarker, WTVWmarker in Evansvillemarker, WYINmarker in Merrillvillemarker and Comcast in Michiganmarker. All Ball State games are also broadcast on the Ball State Radio Network and are 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 2009, the MAC has eight official corporate partners: FirstEnergy, Marathon, National City, GMAC,, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Sirius XM and Kraft. MAC Properties also assists with the management of the conference's television and radio contracts, including ESPN, FOX Sports Ohio and ESPN 850 WKNR among others. Matt Molde took over as General Manager of MAC Properties in October 2007, and handles day-to-day management as well as the overall partnership with the MAC. Molde is a MAC graduate (BSJ from Ohio University) and is the son of Hall of Fame Western Michigan football coach Al Molde.


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