2009–10 Mid-American Conference season
|Mid-American Conference |
|Division||Division I FBS|
12 full members|
7 associate members
|Sports fielded||23 (men's: 11; women's: 12)|
|Commissioner||Jon Steinbrecher (since 2009)|
The 2009–10 Mid-American Conference season is the 64th season in Mid-American Conference (MAC) existence. Teams in this conference complete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I competitions. In this season, the Mid-American Conference (MAC) sponsored 23 sports (11 men's and 12 women's).
The MAC has both full members and affiliate members. Full members participate in Mid-American Conference for all of their Division I athletics, unless the conference doesn't sponsor the sport.
12 teams enjoyed full membership in the Mid-American Conference for the 2009–10 season. The teams are divided geographically into East and West Divisions.
|University of Akron||Zips||Akron, Ohio||1870||24,202|
|Bowling Green State University||Falcons||Bowling Green, Ohio||1910||17,874|
|University at Buffalo||Bulls||Buffalo, New York||1846||28,192|
|Kent State University||Golden Flashes||Kent, Ohio||1910||22,578|
|Miami University||RedHawks||Oxford, Ohio||1809||16,431|
|Ohio University||Bobcats||Athens, Ohio||1804||20,716|
|Ball State University||Cardinals||Muncie, Indiana||1918||19,849|
|Central Michigan University||Chippewas||Mount Pleasant, Michigan||1892||27,354|
|Eastern Michigan University||Eagles||Ypsilanti, Michigan||1849||20,688|
|Northern Illinois University||Huskies||DeKalb, Illinois||1895||24,397|
|University of Toledo||Rockets||Toledo, Ohio||1872||22,336|
|Western Michigan University||Broncos||Kalamazoo, Michigan||1903||24,818|
Along with the 12 full members, there are five other schools who hold an Affiliate Membership with the Mid-American Conference. Affiliate Membership allows the team to participate in one sport within the conference.
|Chicago State University||Cougars||Chicago, Illinois||1867||Public||7,131||Men's tennis|
|University of Evansville||Purple Aces||Evansville, Indiana||1854||Private||3,050||Men's swimming|
|Florida Atlantic University||Owls||Boca Raton, Florida||1961||Public||26,245||Men's soccer|
|Hartwick College||Hawks||Oneonta, New York||1797||Private||1,520||Men's soccer|
|Missouri State University||Lady Bears, Bears||Springfield, Missouri||1905||Public||21,425||Field hockey, men's swimming|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Salukis||Carbondale, Illinois||1869||Public||21,000||Men's swimming|
|Temple University||Owls||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1884||Public||34,218||Football|
The Reese Trophy is named after the first Mid-American Conference Commissioner David Reese. Reese was the first commissioner of the conference from 1946 until 1964. Only full members of the Mid-American Conference are eligible for the Reese and Jacoby Trophies. Schools receive points based on their final finish in ten of the 11 men's sports. Schools must choose to count either indoor track and field or outdoor track and field. Both cannot be used in the calculation. The winner is determined by the highest average score.
|Kent State||–||13||12½||7½||12½||–||–||–|| ||8||10||6||63½||10.58|
|Central Michigan||–||9½||9||13||–||–||–||–|| ||4||12||5||47½||9.50|
|Eastern Michigan||–||6½||11½||1||11½||–||12||–||12|| ||2||7||56½||8.07|
|Missouri State *||–||–||–||–||–||–||9||–||–||–||–||1||9||9.00|
|Southern Illinois *||–||–||–||–||–||–||5||–||–||–||–||1||5||5.00|
|Chicago State *||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||2||–||–||–||1||2||2.00|
|Florida Atlantic *||–||–||–||–||–||2||–||–||–||–||–||1||2||2.00|
* Affiliate status only. Does not qualify for trophy.
Legend – BB: Baseball; MBB: Men's basketball; XC: Men's cross country; FB: Football; MSC: Men's soccer; MSW: Men's swmming; MT: Men's tennis; ITF: Indoor track and field; OTF: Outdoor track and field; WR: Wrestling
The Jacoby Trophy is awarded to the best women's athletic program in the conference. It is named after Fred Jacoby, commissioner from 1971 until 1982, who incorporated women's athletics into the league's structure. Along with the Reese trophy, only full members are eligible and schools may only count Indoor or Outdoor Track and field.
|Missouri State *||–||–||2||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||1||2||2.00|
* Affiliate status only. Does not qualify for trophy.
Legend – WBB: Women's Basketball; WXC: Women's Cross country; FH: Field hockey; Gym: Gymnastics; SB: Softball; WSC: Women's Soccer; WSW: Women's Swimming; WT: Women's Tennis; ITF: Indoor Track and field; OTF: Outdoor Track and field; VB: Volleyball
Player of the Week
The conference announces a Player of the Week in all of their sports. In most of them, there is only one player announced. However, in some situations (particularly in football), there will be multiple players announced. The award is given to those that show exceptional talent on and off the field for that week.
On August 25, the Mid-American Conference announced the preseason favorites for the 2009 Cross Country season. On the men's side, Kent State returns five athletes from the 2008 MAC Championship third place squad. After them is Miami, who is also tapped to repeat as the women's MAC Champions. The rest of the teams are listed below:
|Men's preseason rankings||Women's preseason rankings|
|1. Kent State||1. Miami|
|2. Miami||2. Akron|
|3. Central Michigan||3. Ohio|
|4. Eastern Michigan||4. Toledo|
|5. Buffalo||5. Kent State|
|6. Ohio||6. Central Michigan|
|7. Akron||7. Eastern Michigan|
|8. Toledo||8. Bowling Green|
|9. Bowling Green||9. Western Michigan|
|11. Ball State|
The season began on August 31, when Ball State competed in the Ball State Invitational. The Mid-American Conference Championship will be held in Athens, Ohio on October 31, with the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship held on November 14 at Indiana University and the National Championships held on November 23 at Indiana State University.
- 1. Kent State, 30 points
- 2. Eastern Michigan, 55
- 3. Central Michigan, 59
- 4. Miami, 95
- 5. Buffalo, 147
- 6. Ohio, 182
- 7. Toledo, 184
- 8. Akron, 197
- 9. Bowling Green, 283
- 1. Miami, 44 points
- 2. Toledo, 63
- 3. Akron, 104
- 4. Central Michigan, 116
- 5. Kent State, 143
- 6. Eastern Michigan, 157
- 7. Bowling Green, 212
- 8. NIU, 218
- 8. Ohio, 218
- 10. Western Michigan, 250
- 11. Ball State, 269
- 12. Buffalo, 317
Along with the Men's Cross Country Championship, the Kent State field hockey team was selected during the preseason to win the MAC Championship, in a vote by the league's head coaches. Kent State lived up to that expectation in their first game, winning by a score of 7-0 against Saint Louis. Miami was selected to finish second, after returning nine letterwinners from the 2008 season. Following them are Ohio, Central Michigan, Ball State, and affiliate member Missouri State.
The football season began on September 3 as three MAC teams played out-of-conference matches.
In previous seasons, the winner of the Mid-American Conference Championship Game would play in the Motor City Bowl. However, due to financial troubles in sponsors such as General Motors and Ford, the game began to be sponsored by Little Caesars. The 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl will be held on December 26 at 1:00 p.m.
- Central Michigan, 195.600 points
- Kent State, 195.025
- Eastern Michigan, 193.625
- NIU, 193.200
- Ball State, 193.100
- Western Michigan, 192.875
- Bowling Green, 191.850
The 2009 Men's soccer season began on September 1 when Bowling Green faced Marshall and came victorious with a 2-0 win. The Akron Zips were unanimously selected as the preseason league and tournament favorite, which was followed by their #3 preseason ranking in the NSCAA polls. The Zips were also ranked second in the country according to Soccer America.
On the women's side, Toledo was selected as the preseason favorite for both the regular season and the tournament. Their season began on August 21 when Kent State defeated Eastern Kentucky by a margin of 2-1.
Men's MAC Championship
- Eastern Michigan, 773 points
- Buffalo, 613½
- Missouri State, 587
- Miami, 574½
- Southern Illinois, 478
- Ball State, 231½
- Evansville, 136½
Women's MAC Championship
- 1. Toledo, 670½ points
- 2. Miami, 572
- 3. Ohio, 527
- 4. Eastern Michigan, 453½
- 5. Akron, 392
- 5. Buffalo, 392
- 7. Bowling Green, 241
- 8. Ball State, 166
Track and field
- Eastern Michigan, 171 points
- Akron, 120
- Kent, 113
- Buffalo, 72
- Central Michigan, 49
- Kent State, 107 points
- Central Michigan, 100
- Western Michigan, 92
- Miami, 79½
- Eastern Michigan, 75
- Akron, 61
- Buffalo, 46
- Toledo, 44
- Ohio, 26½
- Ball State, 25
- Bowling Green, 6
- NIU, 1
For the second consecutive year, Western Michigan was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the regular season as well as the MAC 2008 tournament. Soon thereafter, they followed up by receiving votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll. The 2009 MAC Championship will be held in Toledo, Ohio from November 17 through November 22.
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- Northern Illinois University (2009-03-12). "NIU Facts" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-08-30.
- Western Michigan University (2009-02-02). "Western Michigan University Fast Facts" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 6, 2010. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
- Mid-American Conference (2009-05-22). "2008-09 Reese & Jacoby Trophy Update". Retrieved 2009-08-30.
- "Kent State Men, Miami Women Selected To Win MAC Cross Country Titles". Mid-American Conference. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "2009 Cross Country Composite Schedule". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "NCAA Championships". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "Kent State Tabbed as Field Hockey Preseason Favorite". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "Friday's Field Hockey Results". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "Former Motor City Bowl Becomes Little Caesars Pizza Bowl" (Press release). LittleCaesarsPizzaBowl.com. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "MAC Announces 2009 Football Preseason Poll" (Press release). Mid-American Conference. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "Falcons Open Nichols Era with 2-0 win over Marshall" (Press release). BGSU Athletic Communications. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "Akron Selected By Head Coaches As Men's Soccer Preseason Favorite" (Press release). Mid-American Conference. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "Akron Men's Soccer Ranked No. 2 By Soccer America" (Press release). Mid-American Conference. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "Toledo Selected By Head Coaches As Women's Soccer Preseason Favorite" (Press release). Mid-American Conference. 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "Kent State Rallies Late to Defeat EKU, 2-1" (Press release). Kent State Athletic Communications. 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "Western Michigan and Ohio Named Volleyball Preseason Favorites" (Press release). Mid-American Conference. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "Western Michigan Volleyball Recognized in AVCA Preseason Coaches Top 25" (Press release). Mid-American Conference. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "2009 MAC Volleyball Tournament". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved 2009-09-03.