Mid-American Conference

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

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.

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" because of the accomplishments of numerous former players in the National Football League.[1][2] The conference also ranks highest among all eleven NCAA Division I FBS conferences for graduation rates.[3]


Former conference logo
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..." [4]

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.[5] Marshall was expelled from the conference in 1969 due to NCAA violations.[6] 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 and addition of the State University of New York at Buffalo's Bulls in 1997 and 1998, respectively. The University of Central Florida joined for football only in 2002, becoming the first football-only member in conference history. Marshall (a second time) and Central Florida (a non-football all-sports member in the Atlantic Sun Conference at the time) would leave 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.

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.

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] Missouri, Northern Iowa, and Old Dominion are wrestling affiliates. The Missouri State Bears are also an affiliate for field hockey.

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.[9][10] 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.[11][12] The Chicago State Cougars were an affiliate for men's tennis until joining the Western Athletic Conference, which sponsors that sport, in July 2013.

Member schools

Current members

There are twelve schools with full membership:

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors U.S. News Ranking
East Division
University of Akron Akron, Ohio 1870 1992[13] Public 25,177[14] Zips Akron Navy Blue & Gold[15]
207–270 (National)
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio 1910 1952[13] Public 18,756[16] Falcons BGSU Orange & Brown[17]
173 (National)
The State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, New York 1846 1998[13] Public 29,850 [18] Bulls Blue & Gray[19]
99 (National)
Kent State University Kent, Ohio 1910 1951[13] Public 30,067[20] Golden Flashes Kent State Blue & Gold[21]
194 (National)
Miami University Oxford, Ohio 1809 1947[13] Public 18,907 RedHawks Red & White[22]
82 (National)
Ohio University Athens, Ohio 1804 1946[13] Public 23,701 [23] Bobcats Ohio Green & White[24]
129 (National)
West Division
Ball State University Muncie, Indiana 1918 1973[13] Public 20,113 Cardinals Cardinal & White[25]
173 (National)
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1892 1971[13] Public 27,693 [26] Chippewas Maroon & Gold[27]
194 (National)
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan 1849 1971[13] Public 22,974 Eagles Green & Black[28]
77 (Regional: Midwest)
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 1895 1975,
Public 25,313 Huskies Cardinal & Black[29]
194 (National)
University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio 1872 1950[13] Public 21,594[16] Rockets Tower Blue & Rocket Gold[30]
207–270 (National)
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan 1903 1947[13] Public 25,045 Broncos Brown & Gold[31]
187 (National)

Current affiliate members

Ten 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).[32]

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.[33] The new affiliates for 2014–15 are Binghamton in men's tennis and Longwood in field hockey.[34]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Primary
MAC Sport(s)
Binghamton University Vestal, New York 1946 Public 16,098 Bearcats Green & White
America East men's tennis
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana 1854 Private 3,050 Purple Aces Purple, White, & Orange
Missouri Valley men's swimming
Longwood University Farmville, Virginia 1839 Public 4,800 Lancers Blue & Grey
Big South field hockey
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 Public 34,255 Tigers Black and MU Gold
SEC wrestling
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public 21,425 Bears Maroon & White
Missouri Valley field hockey
men's swimming
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1876 Public 13,080 Panthers Purple and Gold
Missouri Valley wrestling
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 Public 24,730 Monarchs Slate Blue, Silver, and Light Blue
C-USA wrestling
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Illinois 1869 Public 17,964 Salukis Maroon & White
Missouri Valley men's swimming
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 Public 29,616 Mountaineers Old Gold & Blue
Big 12 men's soccer

† = On March 26, 2014, UMass announced that they would leave the MAC following the 2015 FBS football season.[35]

Future affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joins Sport Primary
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina 1899 19,089 Mountaineers           2017 field hockey Sun Belt

Former members

Nicknames listed here reflect those used during each school's MAC tenure. Two schools have changed their nicknames since leaving the MAC—Central Florida dropped "Golden" from its nickname, becoming simply Knights, while Wayne State now uses Warriors. Western Reserve merged with Case Institute of Technology in 1967 to form today's Case Western Reserve University, with the athletic programs merging in 1971. With the athletic merger, Case Western abandoned the nicknames of both former institutions and adopted Spartans.

Former full members

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Current
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 1946 1949 Private 4,667 Bulldogs Blue & White
Big East
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 1946 1953 Public 41,357 Bearcats Red & Black
Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia 1837 1954,
Public 13,971 Thundering Herd Kelly Green & White[36]
Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 1868 1946 1947 Public 30,909 Tartars Green & Gold
(Division II)
Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio 1826 1946 1955 Private 10.331 Red Cats Blue, White, & Gray
(Division III)

Former affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Current
MAC Sport
Hartwick College Oneonta, New York 1797 2007 2014 Private 1,520 Hawks Wellesley Blue & White
Empire 8
(NCAA Division III)
Sun Belt (men's soccer)
men's soccer[37]
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, Indiana 1917 2002 (tennis)
2005 (men's soccer)
2007 (tennis)
2007 (men's soccer)
Public 14,326 Mastodons Royal Blue & White
The Summit League men's soccer[37]
Men's tennis[38]
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 1865 1995 2005 Public 28,094 Wildcats Blue & White
C-USA (men's soccer)
SEC (most sports)
men's soccer[37]
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 1994 2005 Public 22,293 Cardinals Red & Black
ACC field hockey[39]
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts 1863 2013 2015 Public 27,062 Minutemen Maroon & White
Atlantic 10 (A-10) football
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2007 2012 Public 37,696 Owls Cherry & White
American football
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 1963 2002 2005 Public 58,698 Golden Knights Black & Gold
American football
Chicago State University Chicago, Illinois 1867 2007[38] 2013 Public 7,131 Cougars Evergreen & White
WAC men's tennis
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida 1961 2008[37] 2013 Public 26,245 Owls Blue, Red, & Silver
C-USA men's soccer

‡ = 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.

Membership timeline

UMass Minutemen football Temple Owls football UCF Knights football University at Buffalo University of Akron Northern Illinois University Ball State University Eastern Michigan University Central Michigan University Marshall University Bowling Green State University Kent State University University of Toledo Western Michigan University Miami University Ohio University Case Western Reserve University University of Cincinnati Butler University Wayne State University

Full members Associate members (football only)



The Mid-American Conference sponsors championship competition in 11 men's and 12 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[40] As of the 2014–15 school year, 10 schools are associate members for six sports.

Teams in MAC competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball 11
Basketball 12 12
Cross country 9 12
Field hockey 7
Football 12
Golf 9 10
Gymnastics 7
Soccer 6 12
Softball 12
Swimming and diving 7 8
Tennis 6 9
Track and field (indoor) 5 12
Track and field (outdoor) 6 12
Volleyball 12
Wrestling 9

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross country Football Golf Soccer Swimming Tennis Track and field
Track and field
Wrestling Total MAC sports
Akron Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Green tick Green tick Red X 7
Ball State Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Red X 6
Bowling Green Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Red X Red X Red X 6
Buffalo Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
Central Michigan Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Red X Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick 7
Eastern Michigan Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick 9
Kent State Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick 8
Miami Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Red X Red X Green tick Red X 7
NIU Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Red X Red X Green tick 7
Ohio Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Red X Red X Red X Green tick 6
Toledo Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Green tick Red X Red X Red X 6
Western Michigan Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Red X Green tick Red X Green tick Red X Red X Red X 5
Totals 11 12 9 12 9 5+1[a 1] 4+3[a 2] 5+1[a 3] 5 6 6+3[a 4] 84+8
  1. Affiliate member West Virginia.
  2. Affiliate members Evansville, Missouri State, and Southern Illinois.
  3. Affiliate member Binghamton.
  4. Affiliates Missouri, Northern Iowa, and Old Dominion.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the MAC

School Ice hockey Rifle1 Volleyball
Akron No GARC No
Ball State No No MIVA
Bowling Green WCHA No No
Miami NCHC No No
Western Michigan NCHC No No


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.

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross country Field hockey Golf Gymnastics Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track and field
Track and field
Volleyball Total MAC sports
Akron Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
Ball State Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 12
Bowling Green Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 11
Buffalo Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 9
Central Michigan Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
Eastern Michigan Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 11
Kent State Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
Miami Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
NIU Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
Ohio Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
Toledo Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
Western Michigan Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red X Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
Totals 12 12 5+2[b 1] 10 7 12 12 8 9 12 12 12 123+2
  1. Affiliate members Longwood and Missouri State; Appalachian State will become an affiliate in 2017.

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the MAC

School Lacrosse Rifle[wn 1] Rowing Synchronized skating[wn 2]
Akron No GARC No No
Buffalo No No CAA No
Central Michigan ASUN No No No
Eastern Michigan No No CAA No
Miami No No No Independent


  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.


For the current season, see 2016 Mid-American Conference football season.
Team First season All-time record All-time win % Bowl appearances Bowl record MAC titles Other conference titles Stadium Head coach
East Division
Akron 1891 508–526–36 .492 2 1–1 1 0 InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field Terry Bowden
Bowling Green 1919 533–364–52 .589 13 5–8 12 5 Doyt Perry Stadium Mike Jinks
Buffalo 1894 385–514–28 .430 2 0–2 1 1 University at Buffalo Stadium Lance Leipold
Kent State 1920 335–535–28 .389 2 0–2 1 0 Dix Stadium Paul Haynes
Miami 1888 674–446–44 .598 10 7–3 15 7 Yager Stadium Chuck Martin
Ohio 1894 545–552–47 .498 9 2–7 5 6 Peden Stadium Frank Solich
West Division
Ball State 1924 439–402–32 .521 7 0–7 5 5 Scheumann Stadium Mike Neu
Central Michigan 1896 603–400–37 .598 9 3–6 7 9 Kelly/Shorts Stadium John Bonamego
Eastern Michigan 1891 443–576–47 .438 2 1–1 1 9 Rynearson Stadium Chris Creighton
NIU 1899 566–475–51 .542 11 4–7 4 8 Huskie Stadium Rod Carey
Toledo 1917 517–416–24 .553 15 10–5 10 3 Glass Bowl Jason Candle
Western Michigan 1905 555–439–24 .557 7 1–6 2 1 Waldo Stadium P. J. Fleck


MAC champions

Main article: MAC Championship Game

Bowl games

In 2016, the MAC is contracted to provide a team for five college football bowl games: the Miami Beach Bowl, Bahamas Bowl, GoDaddy Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and Camellia Bowl. The MAC also has secondary agreements with the Poinsettia Bowl and with several ESPN owned bowls.

Name Location Opposing conference
Miami Beach Bowl Miami, Florida American
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, Florida American
GoDaddy Bowl Mobile, Alabama Sun Belt
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, Idaho Mountain West
Camellia Bowl Montgomery, Alabama Sun Belt

College Football Playoff

The MAC champion will receive 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.


Football rivalries involving MAC teams include:

Teams Rivalry name Trophy Meetings Record Series leader Current streak
Akron Kent State Wagon Wheel 59 33–24–2 Akron Akron won 2
Akron Youngstown State Steel Tire 35 14–19–2 Youngstown State Youngstown State won 3
Bowling Green Kent State Battle for the Anniversary Award Anniversary Award 83 58–19–6 Bowling Green Bowling Green won 3
Bowling Green Toledo Battle of I-75 Battle of I-75 Trophy 80 39–37–4 Bowling Green Toledo won 6
Miami Cincinnati Battle for the Bell Victory Bell 120 59–54–7 Miami Cincinnati won 10
Miami Ohio Battle of the Bricks 93 52-39-2 Miami Ohio won 4
Ohio Marshall Battle for the Bell The Bell 59 33–20–6 Ohio Ohio won 1
Ball State NIU Bronze Stalk Trophy 44 20–22–2 NIU NIU won 8
Central Michigan Western Michigan CMU–WMU Rivalry Victory Cannon 87 37–48–2 Western Michigan Western Michigan won 3

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, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan have each won the trophy four times, and Western Michigan has won the trophy three times.


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.[42] 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.[43] 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.


Current MAC champions

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

Fall 2016

Sport School
Football Western Michigan
Soccer (M) Akron
Soccer (W) Kent State
Volleyball (W) Northern Illinois
Cross country (M) Eastern Michigan
Cross country (W) Eastern Michigan
Field hockey (W) Kent State

Winter 2016–17

Sport School
Basketball (M) Buffalo
Basketball (W) Buffalo
Indoor track and field (M) Akron
Indoor track and field (W) Eastern Michigan
Swimming and diving (M) Eastern Michigan
Swimming and diving (W) Akron
Gymnastics (W) Eastern Michigan
Wrestling (M) Missouri

Spring 2017

Sport School
Baseball Western Michigan
Softball Miami
Outdoor track and field (M) Akron
Outdoor track and field (W) Eastern Michigan
Golf (M) Kent State
Golf (W) Kent State
Tennis (M) Western Michigan
Tennis (W) Ball State


School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity
Akron InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field 27,000 James A. Rhodes Arena 5,500
Ball State Scheumann Stadium 22,500[44] 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 6,100 Amherst Audubon Field 500
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
NIU 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.[45] It was established in 1987 and classes have been inducted in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2012 and 2013.[46][47]

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.[45]

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.

  • 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
  • Ben Curtis, Kent State, golf, 2012
  • Caroline (Mast) Daugherty, Ohio, basketball, 1994
  • Herb Deromedi, Central Michigan, football, 2012
  • Chuck Ealey, Toledo, football, 1988
  • Fran Ebert, Western Michigan, softball / basketball, 1992
  • Wayne Embry, Miami, basketball, 2012
  • Karen Fitzpatrick, Ball State, field hockey, 2012
  • 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
  • Dave Keilitz, Central Michigan, baseball, 2013
  • Ted Kjolhede, Central Michigan, basketball, 1988
  • Kim Knuth, Toledo, women's basketball, 2013
  • 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
  • Bill Mallory, Miami/NIU, football, 2013
  • Brad Maynard, Ball State, football, 2013
  • 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 Nichols, Toledo, basketball, 2012
  • John Offerdahl, Western Michigan, football, 2013
  • Bob Owchinko, Eastern Michigan, 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
  • Dan Roundfield, Central Michigan, basketball, 1990
  • Bo Schembechler, Miami, football coach, 1991
  • Mike Schmidt, Ohio, baseball, 2012
  • Dick Shrider, Miami, basketball, 1990
  • Christi Smith, Akron, track and field, 2013
  • Jim Snyder, Ohio, basketball, 1991
  • Shafer Suggs, Ball State, football, 1989
  • Nate Thurmond, Bowling Green, basketball, 1989
  • Gary Trent, Ohio, men's basketball, 2013
  • Phil Villapiano, Bowling Green, football, 1992
  • Bob Welch, Eastern Michigan, baseball, 1990
  • Dave Wottle, Bowling Green, track and field, 1990
  • Bob Wren, Ohio, baseball, 1989



A number of MAC sports, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and volleyball, are telecast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Ohio) replacing SportsTime Ohio and Fox Sports Ohio as the MAC TV Partner. The deal was signed in August 2013 and is for five years.[48] Along with TWC SportsChannel, 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 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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