2009–10 Mid-American Conference season

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).

Mid-American Conference
DivisionDivision I
Members12 full members
7 associate members
Sports fielded
  • 23
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 12
RegionGreat Lakes
HeadquartersCleveland, OH
CommissionerJon Steinbrecher (since 2009)

Member schools

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.

Full membership

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.

Institution Nickname Location Founded Fall 2008
East Division
University of Akron Zips Akron, Ohio 1870 24,202[1]
Bowling Green State University Falcons Bowling Green, Ohio 1910 17,874[1]
University at Buffalo Bulls Buffalo, New York 1846 28,192[2]
Kent State University Golden Flashes Kent, Ohio 1910 22,578[1]
Miami University RedHawks Oxford, Ohio 1809 16,431[1]
Ohio University Bobcats Athens, Ohio 1804 20,716[1]
West Division
Ball State University Cardinals Muncie, Indiana 1918 19,849[3]
Central Michigan University Chippewas Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1892 27,354[4]
Eastern Michigan University Eagles Ypsilanti, Michigan 1849 20,688[5]
Northern Illinois University Huskies DeKalb, Illinois 1895 24,397[6]
University of Toledo Rockets Toledo, Ohio 1872 22,336[1]
Western Michigan University Broncos Kalamazoo, Michigan 1903 24,818[7]

Affiliate membership

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.

Institution Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Sport
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


Reese Trophy

The Reese Trophy is named after the first Mid-American Conference Commissioner David Reese.[8] 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 State1312½12½ 7 810663½10.58
Central Michigan913 2 412547½9.50
Akron12912 9 106498.17
Eastern Michigan11½111½1212 12 2756½8.07
Western Michigan984317.75
Buffalo731112 4 668607.50
Ball State310525½5.10
Bowling Green11015519¾3.95
Temple *11½111½11.50
Hartwick *1111111.00
Missouri State *9199.00
Southern Illinois *5155.00
Chicago State *2122.00
Evansville *2122.00
Florida Atlantic *2122.00

* 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 swimming; MT: Men's tennis; ITF: Indoor track and field; OTF: Outdoor track and field; WR: Wrestling

Jacoby Trophy

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.[8] Along with the Reese trophy, only full members are eligible and schools may only count Indoor or Outdoor Track and field.

Kent State11¼1112½116136879.259.91
Central Michigan6121312768½9.79
Eastern Michigan9891281968½7.61
Western Michigan3⅓636910½12853⅓6.67
Ball State2411½5461045.754.58
Bowling Green1323229384.22
Missouri State *2122.00

* 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.






Cross country

On August 25, the Mid-American Conference announced the preseason favorites for the 2009 Cross Country season.[9] 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
10. Buffalo
11. Ball State
12. NIU

The season began on August 31, when Ball State competed in the Ball State Invitational.[10] 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.[11]


The following are the results of the 2009 Men's Cross Country Championships:[12]

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

The following are the results of the 2009 Women's Cross Country Championships:[12]

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

Field hockey

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.[13] Kent State lived up to that expectation in their first game, winning by a score of 7-0 against Saint Louis.[14] 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.[15]

The preseason rankings by MAC coaches have Central Michigan winning the MAC West and Buffalo winning the MAC East, with Central Michigan winning the MAC Championship game.[16]



MAC Championship results:[17]

  1. Central Michigan, 195.600 points
  2. Kent State, 195.025
  3. Eastern Michigan, 193.625
  4. NIU, 193.200
  5. Ball State, 193.100
  6. Western Michigan, 192.875
  7. 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.[18] 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.[19] The Zips were also ranked second in the country according to Soccer America.[20]


On the women's side, Toledo was selected as the preseason favorite for both the regular season and the tournament.[21] Their season began on August 21 when Kent State defeated Eastern Kentucky by a margin of 2-1.[22]



Men's MAC Championship

  1. Eastern Michigan, 773 points
  2. Buffalo, 613½
  3. Missouri State, 587
  4. Miami, 574½
  5. Southern Illinois, 478
  6. Ball State, 231½
  7. 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

Men's indoor

  1. Eastern Michigan, 171 points
  2. Akron, 120
  3. Kent, 113
  4. Buffalo, 72
  5. Central Michigan, 49

Women's indoor

  1. Kent State, 107 points
  2. Central Michigan, 100
  3. Western Michigan, 92
  4. Miami, 79½
  5. Eastern Michigan, 75
  6. Akron, 61
  7. Buffalo, 46
  8. Toledo, 44
  9. Ohio, 26½
  10. Ball State, 25
  11. Bowling Green, 6
  12. 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.[23] Soon thereafter, they followed up by receiving votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll.[24] The 2009 MAC Championship will be held in Toledo, Ohio from November 17 through November 22.[25]


  1. Central Michigan, 94 points[26]
  2. Kent State, 73
  3. Ohio, 62
  4. Buffalo, 60½
  5. NIU, 24½
  6. Eastern Michigan, 18


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