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. The conference also ranks highest among all ten NCAA Division I FBS conferences for graduation rates.
|Commissioner||Jon Steinbrecher (since 2009)|
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..." 
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. Marshall was expelled from 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 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.
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. In 2012, the West Virginia Mountaineers joined the Florida Atlantic Owls and Hartwick College Hawks as men's soccer affiliates. Florida Atlantic departed upon joining Conference USA in 2013. Hartwick's contract was not renewed by the MAC in 2015. Missouri, Northern Iowa, and Old Dominion are wrestling affiliates. 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. When Buffalo suddenly dropped four sports, including men's soccer, SIUE's move in that sport was made immediately.
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. 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. The Chicago State Cougars were an affiliate for men's tennis until joining the Western Athletic Conference, which sponsors that sport, in July 2013.
There are twelve public schools with full membership:
|University of Akron||Akron, Ohio||1870||1992||22,169||Zips|
|Bowling Green State University||Bowling Green, Ohio||1910||1952||18,756||Falcons|
|State University of New York at Buffalo||Buffalo, New York||1846||1998||30,183||Bulls|
|Kent State University||Kent, Ohio||1910||1951||30,067||Golden Flashes|
|Miami University||Oxford, Ohio||1809||1947||18,907||RedHawks|
|Ohio University||Athens, Ohio||1804||1946||23,701 ||Bobcats|
|Ball State University||Muncie, Indiana||1918||1973||20,113||Cardinals|
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, Michigan||1892||1971||27,693 ||Chippewas|
|Eastern Michigan University||Ypsilanti, Michigan||1849||1971||22,974||Eagles|
|Northern Illinois University||DeKalb, Illinois||1895||1975, 1997||25,313||Huskies|
|University of Toledo||Toledo, Ohio||1872||1950||23,085||Rockets|
|Western Michigan University||Kalamazoo, Michigan||1903||1947||25,045||Broncos|
Seventeen 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).
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. The new affiliates for 2014–15 were Binghamton in men's tennis and Longwood in field hockey.
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. Missouri State dropped field hockey, but remained a MAC member in men's swimming & diving. Appalachian State joined MAC field hockey, and SIU Edwardsville (SIUE) joined in men's soccer. 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. 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.
|Appalachian State University||Boone, North Carolina||1899||2017||Public||19,089||Mountaineers||Sun Belt||Field hockey|
|Binghamton University||Vestal, New York||1946||2014||Public||16,098||Bearcats||America East||Men's tennis|
|University of Evansville||Evansville, Indiana||1854||2009||Private||3,050||Purple Aces||Missouri Valley||Men's swimming|
|Longwood University||Farmville, Virginia||1839||2014||Public||4,800||Lancers||Big South||Field hockey|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri||1839||2012||Public||34,255||Tigers||SEC||Wrestling|
|Missouri State University||Springfield, Missouri||1905||2009||Public||21,425||Bears||Missouri Valley||Men's swimming|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||2013||Public||24,730||Monarchs||C-USA||Wrestling|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Carbondale, Illinois||1869||2009||Public||17,964||Salukis||Missouri Valley||Men's swimming|
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ||Edwardsville, Illinois||1957||2017 (soccer)
|Public||14,142||Cougars||Ohio Valley||Men's soccer|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, West Virginia||1867||2012||Public||29,616||Mountaineers||Big 12||Men's soccer|
|Rider University||Lawrenceville, New Jersey||1865||2019||Private||5,400||Broncs||MAAC||Wrestling|
|George Mason University||Fairfax County, Virginia||1957||2019||Public||35,047||Patriots||Atlantic 10||Wrestling|
|Cleveland State University||Cleveland, Ohio||1964||2019||Public||17,260||Vikings||Horizon League||Wrestling|
|Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania||Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania||1839||2019||Public||9,950||Huskies||PSAC
|Clarion University of Pennsylvania||Clarion, Pennsylvania||1867||2019||Public||5,225||Golden Eagles||PSAC
|Edinboro University of Pennsylvania||Edinboro, Pennsylvania||1857||2019||Public||4,834||Fighting Scots||PSAC
|Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania||Lock Haven, Pennsylvania||1870||2019||Public||4,607||Bald Eagles||PSAC
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 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.
|Butler University||Indianapolis, Indiana||1855||1946||1949||Private||4,667||Bulldogs||Big East|
|University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati, Ohio||1819||1946||1953||Public||41,357||Bearcats||American|
|Marshall University||Huntington, West Virginia||1837||1954,
|Wayne University||Detroit, Michigan||1868||1946||1947||Public||30,909||Tartars||GLIAC|
|Western Reserve University||Cleveland, Ohio||1826||1946||1955||Private||10,331||Red Cats||UAA|
in Former MAC Sport
|Hartwick College[a]||Oneonta, New York||1797||2007||2014||Private||1,520||Hawks||Empire 8
(NCAA Division III)
|Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne
|Fort Wayne, Indiana||1917||2002 (tennis)
2005 (men's soccer)
2007 (men's soccer)
|Public||14,326||Mastodons||Summit League||men's soccer|
|University of Kentucky||Lexington, Kentucky||1865||1995||2005||Public||28,094||Wildcats||SEC||C-USA||men's soccer|
|University of Louisville||Louisville, Kentucky||1798||1994||2005||Public||22,293||Cardinals||ACC||field hockey|
|University of Massachusetts †||Amherst, Massachusetts||1863||2012||2016||Public||27,062||Minutemen||Atlantic 10||FBS independent||football|
|Missouri State University[b]||Springfield, Missouri||1905||2005||2017||Public||21,425||Lady Bears||Missouri Valley||N/A (dropped field hockey)||field hockey|
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, Iowa||1876||2012||2017||Public||13,080||Panthers||Missouri Valley||Big 12||wrestling|
|Temple University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1884||2007||2012||Public||37,696||Owls||American||football|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, Florida||1963||2002||2005||Public||58,698||Golden Knights||American||football|
|Chicago State University||Chicago, Illinois||1867||2007||2013||Public||7,131||Cougars||WAC||men's tennis|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton, Florida||1961||2008||2013||Public||26,245||Owls||C-USA||men's soccer|
Full members Associate members (football only)
The Mid-American Conference sponsors championship competition in 11 men's and 12 women's NCAA sanctioned sports. As of the 2019–20 school year, 17 schools are associate members for five 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.
|Swimming and diving||7||8|
|Track and field (indoor)||5||12|
|Track and field (outdoor)||6||12|
|School||Baseball||Basketball||Cross country||Football||Golf||Soccer||Swimming||Tennis||Track and field
|Track and field
|Wrestling||Total MAC sports|
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.
|School||Basketball||Cross country||Field hockey||Golf||Gymnastics||Soccer||Softball||Swimming||Tennis||Track and field
|Track and field
|Volleyball||Total MAC sports|
|Team||First season||All-time record||All-time win %||Bowl appearances||Bowl record||MAC titles||Other conference titles||Stadium||Head coach|
|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|
|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|
|Northern Illinois||1899||566–475–51||.542||11||4–7||5||8||Huskie Stadium||Rod Carey|
|Toledo||1917||517–416–24||.553||15||10–5||10||3||Glass Bowl||Jason Candle|
|Western Michigan||1905||556–439–24||.557||7||1–6||3||1||Waldo Stadium||Tim Lester|
In 2017, the MAC is contracted to provide a team for each of the four college football bowl games: the Bahamas Bowl, Dollar General 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.
|Bahamas Bowl||Nassau, Bahamas||C-USA|
|Dollar General Bowl||Mobile, Alabama||Sun Belt|
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Boise, Idaho||Mountain West|
|Camellia Bowl||Montgomery, Alabama||Sun Belt|
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.
Football rivalries involving MAC teams include:
|Teams||Rivalry name||Trophy||Meetings||Record||Series leader||Current streak|
|Akron||Kent State||–||Wagon Wheel||61||35–24–2||Akron||Akron won 4|
|Akron||Youngstown State||–||Steel Tire||35||19–14–2||Youngstown State||Youngstown State won 3|
|Bowling Green||Kent State||Battle for the Anniversary Award||Anniversary Award||83||60–21–5||Bowling Green||Kent State won 1|
|Bowling Green||Toledo||Battle of I-75||Battle of I-75 Trophy||81||40–39–4||Toledo||Toledo won 9|
|Miami||Cincinnati||Battle for the Bell||Victory Bell||120||59–57–7||Miami||Cincinnati won 13|
|Miami||Ohio||Battle of the Bricks||–||94||53-40-2||Miami||Miami won 1|
|Ohio||Marshall||Battle for the Bell||The Bell||59||33–20–6||Ohio||Ohio won 1|
|Ball State||Northern Illinois||–||Bronze Stalk Trophy||44||24–20–2||Northern Illinois||Northern Illinois won 10|
|Central Michigan||Western Michigan||CMU–WMU Rivalry||Victory Cannon||87||49-38–2||Western Michigan||Western Michigan won 1|
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 the venue then known as Quicken Loans Arena and now as Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse through 2017. 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.
The following are the most recent conference champions of each MAC sport.
In sports in which regular-season and tournament champions are recognized, "RS" indicates regular-season champion and "T" indicates tournament champion.
|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||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|
|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|
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, 1994, 2012 and 2013.
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 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.
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. 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.
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 (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.
The most recent renovation transformed the stadium into a major community asset, while increased its capacity to 22,500 and added permanent lighting for night games.
The 1947 Cincinnati Bearcats football team was an American football team that represented the University of Cincinnati in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1947 college football season. In its third season under head coach Ray Nolting, the team compiled a 7–3 record (3–2 against MAC opponents), won the MAC championship, and outscored opponents by a total of to .1966 Western Michigan Broncos football team
The 1966 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1966 college football season. In their third season under head coach Bill Doolittle, the Broncos compiled a 7–3 record (5–1 against MAC opponents), finished in a tie for first place in the MAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 194 to 175. The team played its home games at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.The team's statistical leaders included Jim Boreland with 756 passing yards, Tim Majerle with 731 rushing yards, and Gary Crain with 450 receiving yards. Defensive tackle Bob Rowe and halfback Gary Crain were the team captains. For the second consecutive year, Bob Rowe received the team's most outstanding player award. Bill Doolittle was named the MAC coach of the year.1968 Ohio Bobcats football team
The 1968 Ohio Bobcats football team was an American football team that represented Ohio University during the 1968 college football season. In their eleventh season under head coach Bill Hess, the Bobcats won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship, compiled a 10–1 record (6–0 against MAC opponents), and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 418 to 228. The team was undefeated in the regular season but lost to Richmond in the 1968 Tangerine Bowl.The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Cleve Bryant with 1,524 passing yards and 734 rushing yards, Dave LeVeck with 850 rushing yards, and Todd Snyder with 777 receiving yards.1981 Toledo Rockets football team
The 1981 Toledo Rockets football team was an American football team that represented the University of Toledo in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fifth and final season under head coach Chuck Stobart, the Rockets compiled a 9–3 record (8–1 against MAC opponents), won the MAC championship, outscored all opponents by a combined total of 270 to 170, won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship, and defeated San Jose State, 27–25, in the 1981 California Bowl.The team's statistical leaders included Jim Kelso with 975 passing yards, Arnold Smiley with 1,013 rushing yards, and Rodney Achter with 361 receiving yards.1984 Toledo Rockets football team
The 1984 Toledo Rockets football team was an American football team that represented the University of Toledo in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third season under head coach Dan Simrell, the Rockets compiled an 8–3–1 record (7–1–1 against MAC opponents), won the MAC championship, lost to L 13–30 vs. UNLV in the California Bowl (13–30), and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 187 to 164.The team's statistical leaders included A. J. Sager with 1,647 passing yards, Steve Morgan with 1,291 rushing yards, and Eric Hutchinson with 451 receiving yards.1985 Bowling Green Falcons football team
The 1985 Bowling Green Falcons football team was an American football team that represented Bowling Green University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their ninth season under head coach Denny Stolz, the Falcons compiled an 11–1 record (9–0 against MAC opponents), won the MAC championship, lost to Fresno State by a 51–7 score in the 1985 California Bowl, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 355 to 223.The team's statistical leaders included Brian McClure with 2,674 passing yards, Bernard White with 949 rushing yards, and Stan Hunter with 761 receiving yards.1986 Miami Redskins football team
The 1986 Miami Redskins football team was an American football team that represented Miami University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its fourth season under head coach Tim Rose, the team compiled an 8–4 record (6–2 against MAC opponents), won the MAC championship, outscored all opponents by a combined total of 346 to 228, and lost to San Jose State (7–37) in the 1986 California Bowl.The team's statistical leaders included Terry Morris with 2,365 passing yards, George Swarn with 1,112 rushing yards, and Andy Schillinger with 955 receiving yards.1987 Eastern Michigan Hurons football team
The 1987 Eastern Michigan Hurons football team represented Eastern Michigan University during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. Eastern Michigan competed as a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), was coached by Jim Harkema, and played their homes game at Rynearson Stadium. They finished the season 10–2 overall and 7–1 in MAC play, won Eastern's only MAC championship, went to the 1987 California Bowl and upset 171/2 point favorite San Jose State University for the only bowl game win in EMU history.1988 Western Michigan Broncos football team
The 1988 Western Michigan Broncos football team was an American football team that represented Western Michigan University during the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their second season under head coach Al Molde, the Broncos compiled a 9–3 record, won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship, and lost to Fresno State in the 1988 California Bowl.The team's statistical leaders were Tony Kimbrough with 2,831 passing yards, Robert Davis with 1,125 rushing yards, and Robert Oliver with 42 catches for 831 receiving yards. Kimbrough was selected as the MAC's most valuable player and the offensive player of the year. Offensive lineman Kevin Haverdink was selected by the Associated Press as a third-team All-American. Al Molde was named the MAC coach of the year.1991 Bowling Green Falcons football team
The 1991 Bowling Green Falcons football team was an American football team that represented Bowling Green University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Gary Blackney, the Falcons compiled an 11–1 record (8–0 against MAC opponents), won the MAC championship, defeated Fresno State in the California Bowl, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 279 to 168.The team's statistical leaders included Erik White with 2,204 passing yards, LeRoy Smith with 887 rushing yards, and Mark Szlachcic with 943 receiving yards.2004 Toledo Rockets football team
The 2004 Toledo Rockets football team represented the University of Toledo during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. They competed as a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in the West Division. The Rockets were led by head coach Tom Amstutz. The Rockets offense scored 432 points while the defense allowed 404 points.2005 Akron Zips football team
The 2005 Akron Zips football team represented the University of Akron in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. Akron competed as a member of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) The Zips were led by J. D. Brookhart in his second year as head coach. Brookhart would lead Akron to its first MAC title, upsetting Northern Illinois 31-30 in the conference championship game.2011 Western Michigan Broncos football team
The 2011 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University during the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Broncos, led by seventh-year head coach Bill Cubit, compete in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference and played their home games at Waldo Stadium. They finished the season 7–6, 5–3 in MAC play to finish in third place in the West Division. They were invited to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl where they were defeated by Purdue 37–32.List of Mid-American Conference champions
This article is a list of Mid-American Conference Champions. The Mid-American Conference sponsors 23 sports, 11 men's and 12 women's.MAC Football Championship Game
The MAC Football Championship Game is a football game between the winners of the East and West divisions of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) to determine the conference champion. The game has been played since 1997, when the conference was first divided into divisions and since 2003 has been sponsored by Marathon Petroleum (officially known as the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game). The winner of the game is guaranteed a berth in a bowl game which the MAC has contractual obligations to field a team. Unlike the MAC's Group of Five contemporaries, which hold their respective championship games on campus sites, the MAC Championship Game is held at a neutral site, Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan since 2004.
In 2000, 2001, and 2007, due to an unbalanced conference schedule, the team with best division record within each division was awarded that division's championship game berth. In other years, the teams with the best overall conference records received a berth.
The game is held on the first Saturday in December, on the same weekend that other NCAA Division I FBS conferences hold their championship games.Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Not to be confused with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year.The Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the most outstanding men's basketball player in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The award was first given following the 1967–68 season. Four players have won the award multiple times: Tom Kozelko, Ron Harper, Gary Trent and Bonzi Wells. Trent is the only player to have been honored as player of the year three times (1993–95). There have been no ties, nor has any player from the MAC ever won any of the national player of the year awards.
Through 2018, Ohio has the most all-time winners with eleven. Miami and Toledo are tied for second with six winners. All current members of the MAC have had at least one winner.Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the postseason single-elimination tournament for the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference (MAC). The winner of the tournament receives the MAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Each of the 12 men's basketball teams in the MAC are eligible for the tournament. Since 2000, the MAC Tournament has been held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The finals are broadcast on ESPN2 and the semi and quarterfinals are broadcast on Spectrum Sports and ESPN3.
The tournament was first played in 1980, when it was won by Toledo. Ball State has won the most tournaments with seven.Mid-American Conference football individual awards
The Mid-American Conference football awards are given annually by the Mid-American Conference (MAC) at the conclusion of each college football season. The conference gives out a total of five awards, the Offensive, Defensive, and Freshman Players of the Year, the Coach of the Year, and the Vern Smith Leadership Award, which is given to the league's MVP in that season. The Vern Smith Award is selected by a vote of the coaches in the MAC while the remaining awards are selected by the MAC News Media Association.Northern Illinois Huskies
The Northern Illinois Huskies are the athletic teams that represent Northern Illinois University (NIU). The Huskies are a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The athletic program is made up of seven men's sports (baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and wrestling) and 10 women's sports (basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball). The football team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
NIU began athletic competition in 1899 and were nicknamed the Profs. In the 1920s, they were referred to as the Cardinals. During the 1930s they were called Evansmen after George Evans. The Huskie mascot and nickname used today were officially chosen in 1940.
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