Mid-American Conference

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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]

Members[change | change source]

Full members[change | change source]

Currently, the MAC 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.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
East Division
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
West Division
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
  1. This school is often called "Miami (Ohio)" to distinguish it from the University of Miami in Florida.
  2. Northern Illinois left the MAC in 1986 and returned in 1997.

Associate members[change | change source]

The MAC has 19 "associate members" that play only one or two sports in the conference. Of these schools, only one has two sports in the MAC, and that school will move one of its two MAC sports to another conference in 2021.

A major recent change in associate membership happened in 2019 when the MAC absorbed the Eastern Wrestling League, a single-sport conference that had existed since 1975. All seven of the EWL's final members thus became MAC associates.[2]

The most recent changes to associate membership took place on July 1, 2020 when the MAC added three members in the new conference sport of women's lacrosse,[1][3] along with one former wrestling member dropping the sport.[4]

SIU Edwardsville, in full Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will leave the MAC men's soccer league in 2021 to return to its former soccer home of the Missouri Valley Conference. It will remain a MAC member in wrestling.[5]

School Location Founded Joined Type Sport(s) Current main conference Nickname
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina 1899 2017 Public Field hockey Sun Belt Mountaineers
Binghamton University Vestal, New York 1946 2014 Public Men's tennis America East Bearcats
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 1839 2019 Public Wrestling PSAC
(NCAA Division II)
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, Pennsylvania 1867 2019 Public Wrestling PSAC
(NCAA Division II)
Golden Eagles
Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio 1964 2019 Public Wrestling Horizon League Vikings
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, Michigan 1877 2020 Private Women's lacrosse Horizon League Titans
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, Pennsylvania 1857 2019 Public Wrestling PSAC
(NCAA Division II)
Fighting Scots
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana 1854 2009 Private Men's swimming and diving Missouri Valley Purple Aces
George Mason University Fairfax County, Virginia 1957 2019 Public Wrestling Atlantic 10 Patriots
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1870 2019 Public Wrestling PSAC
(NCAA Division II)
Bald Eagles
Longwood University Farmville, Virginia 1839 2014 Public Field hockey Big South Lancers
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 2012 Public Wrestling SEC Tigers
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 2009 Public Men's swimming and diving Missouri Valley Bears
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 2019 Private Wrestling MAAC Broncs
Robert Morris University Moon Township, Pennsylvania 1921 2020 Private Women's lacrosse Horizon League Colonials
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Illinois 1869 2009 Public Men's swimming and diving Missouri Valley Salukis
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, Illinois 1957 2017 (soccer)
2018 (wrestling)
Public Men's soccer,
Ohio Valley Cougars
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 2012 Public Men's soccer Big 12 Mountaineers
Youngstown State University Youngstown, Ohio 1908 2020 Public Women's lacrosse Horizon League Penguins

References[change | change source]

  • "Mid-American Conference". getsomemaction.com. Retrieved 2020-01-16.