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MAC reorganizes after Temple departure

Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:24 pm

Since 2007, the Mid-American Conference had somehow avoided the musical chairs that is better known as conference realignment.

That all changed on Wednesday when Temple officially announced it was leaving the MAC to join the Big East Conference.

The Owls had been football members of the MAC since 2007, but will join the Big East as an all sports member. Temple’s football team joins this fall, while its Olympic sports won’t join the Big East until the 2013-14 school year.

“I don’t think it was any secret they wanted to be in the Big East,” MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher told . “But it took a lot of interesting circumstances in the last 12-16 months to set in motion what happened.”

What happened – at least this is the cliff notes version – is the Big East lost West Virginia and TCU to the Big 12 for this fall and Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC in either 2013 or 2014. The Big East was left with only seven football members and had to add Temple to have an eight-team conference this fall.

Temple and the MAC reached a $6 million settlement – more than double the $2.5 million required for a team providing at least two year’s notice. Temple also will pay the Atlantic 10 $1 million for removing its Olympic sports before the 2013-14 season.

With the loss of Temple the MAC moved Bowling Green from the MAC West to the MAC East. The MAC will have 13 football members this fall.

The seven-team East will consist of Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, UMass (which makes the move up from the FCS ranks), Miami (Ohio) and Ohio. The six-team West will consist of Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Despite the loss of Temple, Steinbrecher said the MAC is not looking to immediately add another team.

“We’ll take a deep breath and watch and see whatever occurs and evolves [on the conference landscape] and make our decisions based on what’s best for the Mid-American Conference,” Steinbrecher said. “Our core membership is very solid.”

MAC teams will play eight game conference schedules this fall. The schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks, Steinbrecher said.


Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2012 10:36 am

MAC reorganizes after Temple departure

yawn. all this stuff about thse guys and their money making. very boring.

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:33 am

MAC reorganizes after Temple departure

It's bad enough that UMass & Temple aren't really Mid-American, but I would like to see the MAC stay true to its name. WKU, YSU would do that...NDS?? I don't see UMass staying very long, like Temple,Marshal, UCF...

The MAC, unlike the Big East, realizes its place in the land of Football. The BE, needs to realize its not what it once thought it was. Its C-USA that once had some good schools in it...they are gone and the next in lines have left as well. Adapt, don't be desperate about it.  

Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:29 pm
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Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:21 pm

MAC reorganizes after Temple departure

North Dakota State to the MAC West

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:55 pm

Except for Toledo

Toledo had their number...

Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:37 pm

MAC reorganizes after Temple departure

I could see the possibility of adding Youngstown St.  I don't think Dayton is a viable option right now because Dayton currently participate in DI-AA(FCS) non-scholarship football in the Pioneer Football League.  I believe Dayton would first have to offer scholarship football at the FCS level (63 scholarships) before the MAC would even consider adding Dayton.  If Dayton did decide to sponsor scholarship football then it would need to come up with 63 scholarships for its women's programs to satify Title IX requirements.  Also, would Dayton be willing to pony up the money to sponsor the 85 scholarships at the DI-A(FBS) level; especially since it would mean sponsoring an additional 85 scholarships for the women's program (Title IX)? 

I do agree that rejoining the MAC would be a step back for Marshall.  I do not think Marshall's sports programs have thrived in C-USA as they originally hoped/expected would happen when joining the conference.  In order to build up all their programs, the administration might have to take a step back to develop a tradition of winning.  I do believe the rapid success of the football program caused the administration to get ahead of themselves and make decisions that maybe was not in the best interest of the school.

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:11 pm

MAC reorganizes after Temple departure

The MAC has nothing to gain or lose by sitting idle. They aren't in the risk of losing an AQ... IF the MAC were to add teams, I would think Youngstown State or Dayton would make sense. Whats two more Ohio teams in the MAC? Unless they want to cross the Ohio River...get Western Kentucy. Indiana Univeristy of Penn makes sense as well. I don't see Marshal going back to the MAC. That's a step backwards...though their program hasn't thrived in the C-USA.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:41 am

MAC reorganizes after Temple departure

As far as adding new teams, i would expect the MAC to stay put until C-USA/MWC merge and poach a couple Sun Belt teams (most likely FAU and FIU).  Then the MAC and what's left of the Sun Belt will merge together to form another "super conference."  Geogra
phically, it could work (assuming the 2 southern Florida teams are not part of the equation).

I think this would make a good partnership and could lead to some interesting matchups and good rivalries.  and at the same time, the additional financial costs (travel expenses) wouldn't break the bank.  The conference would span from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast...that is impressive, but not stupid. 

Also if UMass were to leave one day (to go to the BE or ACC), it wouldn't cripple the conference.

Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:21 pm

MAC reorganizes after Temple departure

I find it a bit odd that Bowling Green, OH and Oxford, OH (where Miami (OH) is located) are both west of Toledo, but yet Bowling Green and Miami (OH) are playing in the East Division.  It would almost seem to make the most sense for the MAC to pick up 1 more school; either a Michigan school (i.e. Northern Michigan, Grand Valley St, Saginaw Valley St, etc.), a Illnois school (i.e. Southern Illinois), a Indiana school (i.e. Butler), or a Pennsylvania school (i.e. Duquesne).  Then the conference could realign into something like this:

Division A:  Buffalo, Kent St, Miami (OH), Toledo, WMU, NMU, and Ball St
Division B:  UMass, Akron, Ohio, Bowling Green, EMU, CMU, and N. Illinois

If UMass leaves for the Big East, which I believe could be a good chance, then the MAC could replace UMass with Duquesne or even Marshall as a full member.  I do not believe UMass will ever join the ACC as long as BC is a member because BC does not want another New England school in the conference.  It is the main reason UConn will have a difficult time joining the conference.  I guess it is possible that Buffalo may decide to leave the conference too and in that case the conference could still add 2 "western" schools (i.e. S. Illinois, Butler, WKU, etc.) as full members and still follow my divisional alignment.   

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:31 pm

MAC reorganizes after Temple departure

What's The MAC gonna do after UMass decides to join the ACC in a couple of years?????

Who knows, maybe Ball St. will have joined the Big 12 by then and UNC-Charlotte can fill their slot?  Then it will all be even again.  This realignment stuff is out of hand.

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