The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a college sports conference whose full members are located in the Great Lakes region of the United States. It sponsors 11 men's sports and 12 women's sports at the NCAA Division I level. In football, the MAC is one of 10 conferences that play in the top-level Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
The MAC was founded in 1946 by five schools in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, but only one of the founding members, Ohio University, is still in the conference. All but two of its current full members are in those three states.
Sports sponsored[change | change source]
- Baseball (men only)
- Basketball (both men and women)
- Cross country (both men and women)
- Field hockey (women only)
- Football (men only)
- Golf (both men and women)
- Gymnastics (women only)
- Soccer (both men and women)
- Softball (women only)
- Swimming and diving (both men and women)
- Tennis (both men and women)
- Track and field, indoor (both men and women)
- Track and field, outdoor (both men and women)
- Volleyball (women only)
- Wrestling (men only)
Members[change | change source]
Full members[change | change source]
Currently, the MVC has 12 full members, all public schools, each of which competes in at least 15 MAC sports. Every member of the conference competes in football, baseball, men's and women's basketball, and the following women's sports: cross country, soccer, softball, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball. In many sports, the conference is split into East and West Divisions.
|University of Akron||Akron, Ohio||1870||Public||Zips||1992|
|Bowling Green State University||Bowling Green, Ohio||1910||Public||Falcons||1952|
|University at Buffalo||Buffalo, New York||1846||Public||Bulls||1998|
|Kent State University||Kent, Ohio||1910||Public||Golden Flashes||1981|
|Miami University[a 1]||Oxford, Ohio||1809||Public||RedHawks||1977|
|Ohio University||Athens, Ohio||1804||Public||Bobcats||1948|
|Ball State University||Muncie, Indiana||1918||Public||Cardinals||1973|
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, Michigan||1892||Public||Chippewas||1971|
|Eastern Michigan University||Ypsilanti, Michigan||1892||Public||Eagles||1971|
|Northern Illinois University||DeKalb, Illinois||1895||Public||Huskies||1975, 1997[a 2]|
|University of Toledo||Toledo, Ohio||1872||Public||Rockets||1950|
|Western Michigan University||Kalamazoo, Michigan||1903||Public||Broncos||1947|
- This school is often called "Miami (Ohio)" to distinguish it from the University of Miami in Florida.
- Northern Illinois left the MAC in 1986 and returned in 1997.
Associate members[change | change source]
The MAC has eight "associate members" that play only one or two sports in the conference. Two others, Binghamton University and Longwood University, will join for one sport each in July 2014. Of these ten schools, only one has two sports in the MAC.
Massachusetts, also known as UMass, plays football in the East Division.
- Massachusetts, shown in pink, will leave after the 2015 football season. Its new football conference is not yet known.
References[change | change source]
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