Cleveland, Ohio -- Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Coordinator John
Swofford and MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst jointly announced today that
future meetings regarding BCS issues would include the Mid-American
Conference in addition to the original equity conferences (ACC, Big East, Big
Ten, Big Twelve, PAC -10 and SEC), Conference USA, the Mountain West
Conference and the Western Athletic Conference.
"As we move forward in planning the next six years of the Bowl
Championship Series, the original BCS entities believed it was important to
include all of the conferences currently playing major college football," said
Swofford. "We believe the commonality of the group will serve us well in
future discussions regarding such issues as post-season football, the marketing
of the game and legislative matters that may impact the sport."
"This is a significant opportunity for the MAC and a strong recognition of
the football success of this conference over the last several years," said
Chryst. "We will continue to make strides with our programs and we look
forward to working within the BCS to help support and promote the growth
of major college football."
Western Michigan and Toledo are both 8-1 this season, continuing the
momentum established last year by Marshall University, which finished the
season 13-0, ranked No. 10 in both major polls, and was just one of two
undefeated teams. WMU is rated 27th in both major polls while UT is listed
31st in the ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches Poll and 34th by Associated Press.
Additionally, WMU is ranked third nationally and UT fourth in scoring
defense among all Division I teams.
The MAC 2000 Championship game on Dec. 2 will be a part of ABC's
Championship Saturday. The MAC title game will be the lead-in at 1:00 p.m.
(ET) and followed by the SEC and Big Twelve championship games.