• MAC Mission Statement: Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an association of Universities dedicated to maximizing the academic, athletic, and personal development of its student-athletes while competing at the NCAA’s highest level. Consistent with the educational missions of its members, the MAC is dedicated to the principles of sportsmanship, integrity, and diversity, offering opportunities for leadership development through participation in successful, highly competitive, broad-based programs.
• MAC Vision Statement: The Mid-American Conference is considered to be one of the premier NCAA Division I and Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. It distinguishes itself from other conferences through it innovative, efficient, and effective use of resources in building nationally competitive, academically successful athletics programs that provide quality experiences for its student-athletes. As a highly visible extension of its member universities, the MAC is also a source of pride for its communities and many constituent groups.
• MAC Core Values: Academic Achievement; Commitment to Diversity & Equity; Fiscal Responsibility; Integrity; Sportsmanship and Student-Athlete Well-Being.
• The Mid-American Conference moves into its 67th year of service to the student-athlete by providing leadership in education and diversity.
• Since its inception in 1946, the Mid-American Conference has progressively grown and developed into one of the most aggressive Division I conferences in the country. One of only ten football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences, the MAC named Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher as its eighth commissioner in March of 2009.
• The league sponsors championships in 23 sports, which ranks third among Division I Conferences. The MAC offers neutral site post season events – football (Ford Field, Detroit), volleyball (SPIRE Academy, Geneva, Ohio), men’s and women’s basketball (Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland), softball (Firestone Stadium, Akron) and baseball (All Pro Freight Stadium, Avon, Ohio). In addition, the SPIRE facility will also serve as the site for the 2014 women’s swimming & diving championship and 2015 men’s swimming & diving championship.
2012-13 Athletic Highlights:
Men’s Cross Country
• Eastern Michigan claimed its 17th conference championship.
Women’s Cross Country
• Toledo claimed its fifth title in school history in record fashion. The Rockets scored a conference record-low 24 points and have now won three consecutive conference titles for the first time in school history.
• Miami won the program’s first conference title in program history.
• Miami earned its fourth MAC title in program history, as the RedHawks defeated Tennessee 3-2 (OT) in the first round of the NCAA tournament and fell to Duke in the second round.
• Central Michigan earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, becoming the first team in conference history to earn an at-large bid. Central Michigan fell to Michigan in overtime, 2-1.
• Miami senior forward Jess Kodiak was named third team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
• Kodiak, along with Katie Slaughter of Central Michigan and Kayla Zakrzewski of Miami, were named All-Great Lakes Region First Team by the NSCAA.
• Akron men’s soccer team won its ninth MAC championship and fifth in the last six years, as the Zips advanced to their fifth consecutive NCAA Round of 16 appearance after defeating Michigan.
• Akron witnessed senior midfielder Scott Caldwell named as the All-America Scholar Athlete of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy.
• The MAC had two student-athletes selected in the first round of the 2013 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft – No. 3 overall Akron goalkeeper David Meyes (Portland Timbers) and No. 12 overall West Virginia defender Eric Schoenle (Philadelphia Union).
• The MAC also welcomed the addition of West Virginia as an affiliate member in men’s soccer for the 2012-13 academic year.
• Bowling Green claimed the MAC title for the second time since 1991 and became the first team in program history to win a NCAA Tournament match.
• The Falcons defeated Yale in the first round, 3-2, and fell to Penn State in the second round.
• In 2012, the MAC set a conference record with seven teams receiving a bowl invitation, including the first ever BCS Bowl invitation with Northern Illinois playing in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, following a thrilling 44-37 double overtime win over Kent State in the 2012 Marathon MAC Football Championship game.
• Northern Illinois became the first MAC program to receive an invitation to a BCS Bowl game as the Huskies suffered a 31-10 loss to Florida State in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013.
• The 2013 Discover Orange bowl between Northern Illinois and Florida State was successful from a competitive, ratings and attendance perspective. The Huskies trailed the Seminoles 17-10 entering the fourth quarter and the 31-10 final was the closest Discover Orange Bowl in three years. The game had over 10.5 million viewers and a 7.1 rating as viewership was up 47% and ratings 34% from the previous year. Also, the attendance for the Discover Orange Bowl was 72,023, the largest crowd since 2009.
• The Huskies earned the program’s second consecutive MAC Championship with a thrilling 44-37 double overtime win over Kent State in the Marathon MAC Championship Game and entered bowl selection Sunday with a BCS No. 15 ranking – higher than two AQ conferences--Big Ten (No. 16 Nebraska) and Big East (No. 21 Louisville). At the end of the 2012 bowl season, Northern Illinois was ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 24 in the USA Today Poll.
• The seven bowl invitations set a conference record for bowl invitations in a single season. The previous high for the MAC was five bowl invitations on four separate occasions (2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011).
• In 2012, the MAC tied the Big Ten for the fourth most teams in bowl games. Only the SEC (9), Big 12 (9) and Pac 12 (8) had more teams receive bowl invitations in 2012-13.
• Six teams from the MAC had eight wins or more in 2012 for the first time in MAC history. Those six teams (Northern Illinois 12-2, Kent State 11-3, Ball State 9-4, Toledo 9-4, Ohio 9-4 and Bowling Green 8-5) had a combined 58-22 (.725) record.
• In 2012, four different MAC programs were ranked nationally –either in the BCS Standings, Associated Press Top 25 Poll or USA Today Coaches Poll – Northern Illinois, Kent State, Toledo and Ohio.
• The MAC also set a conference record for the most wins against FBS opponents with 16 victories. MAC programs were 4-4 against the Big East Conference, including wins over Rutgers, Cincinnati, UConn and South Florida, and three wins against opponents from the Big Ten Conference, including wins over Penn State, Iowa and Indiana.
• Kent State became the first team in the MAC East to go 8-0 since the 2003 season. Kent State had a 10-game winning streak entering the Marathon MAC Football Championship game and 11 total wins last year established a new single-season record in school history.
• The seven MAC programs that were extended bowl invitations included: Toledo (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl); Ball State (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg); Central Michigan (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl); Bowling Green (Military Bowl); Ohio (Advocare V100 Independence Bowl); Northern Illinois (Discover Orange Bowl) and Kent State (GoDaddy.com Bowl).
• The dramatic 2012 football season was capped as Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher was selected as the first overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 NFL Draft, becoming the first football player from the MAC with such an honor.
• Two more MAC football coaches have accepted new opportunities within FBS. Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren was named head coach at North Carolina State on Dec. 1 and Kent State’s Darrell Hazell was named head coach at Purdue on Dec. 5.
• Doeren and Hazell have joined the lengthy list of former MAC head coaches currently at head coaching positions within FBS. There are 13 former head coaches from the MAC in a current FBS head coaching position–including nearly half of the Big Ten (five total) and both coaches in both the 2013 BCS Championship Game – Alabama’s Nick Saban (Toledo) and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly (Central Michigan).
• For the 2013 season, 26 of the 124 FBS coaches (21%) will be either current or former MAC head coaches. Big Ten – Urban Meyer-Ohio State (Bowling Green), Brady Hoke-Michigan (Ball State), Jerry Kill-Minnesota (Northern Illinois), Tim Beckman-Illinois (Toledo), Darrell Hazell-Purdue (Kent State); Ind. – Brian Kelly-Notre Dame (Central Michigan); SEC-Nick Saban-Alabama (Toledo), Gary Pinkel-Missouri (Toledo), Butch Jones-Tennessee (Central Michigan); ACC-Al Golden-Miami (Temple), Steve Addazio-Boston College (Temple), Dave Doeren-NC State (Northern Illinois), Jim Grobe-Wake Forest (Ohio).
• The MAC will have seven bowl relationships--three primary and multiple secondary. The three primary agreements are with the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (Detroit, Mich.), GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.). In addition, the MAC has secured secondary agreements with the BBVA Compass Bowl, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Men’s Indoor Track & Field
• Eastern Michigan won the program’s 14th conference championship in men’s indoor track and field.
Women’s Indoor Track & Field
• Kent State won its fourth overall conference title and consecutive conference championships for the first time in program history.
Men’s Swimming & Diving
• Eastern Michigan claimed its 31st conference title in men’s swimming and diving. The 31 championship titles for Eastern Michigan in men’s swimming and diving is a conference record.
Women’s Swimming & Diving
• Miami won the programs 17th conference championship in women’s swimming and diving.
• The MAC welcomed Missouri, Northern Iowa and Old Dominion (2014-15) as affiliate members.
• Missouri won the 2013 conference tournament title as an affiliate member, snapping Central Michigan’s 11-year reign as champions.
• The MAC had a conference-best 40 wrestlers earn an invitation to the NCAA Division I National Championship.
• The MAC also had a conference record 11 wrestlers earn All-America status – Central Michigan seniors Ben Bennett, school’s first four-time All-American, and Jarod Trice; Kent State senior Dustin Kilgore, schools first three-time All-American; Missouri’s Alan Waters, Nathan McCormick, Drake Houdashelt, Mike Larson, and Dom Bradley, matching the schools most All-Americans in a single-season; Northern Iowa's David Bonin and Ryan Loder; and Ohio redshirt freshman Cody Walters.
• The MAC witnessed Akron reach the FirstEnergy MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament for the seventh consecutive season, as the Zips won their third title in five years.
• Ohio University earned an invitation to the NIT, while Western Michigan reached the College Basketball Invitational Semifinals after wins over North Dakota State and Wyoming. Kent State received an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and defeated Fairfield in the opening round.
• Akron center Zeke Marshall and Ohio point guard D.J. Cooper were selected to play in the 2013 Reese’s Division I College All-Star Game, as Cooper garnered MVP game honors.
• The MAC had a total of six women’s basketball programs invited to postseason tournaments.
• Central Michigan claimed the MAC tournament title for the first time since 1984 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
• Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Miami and Toledo all received at-large invitations to the WNIT Tournament. Three MAC programs – Ball State, Bowling Green and Toledo – all reached the WNIT Sweet 16.
• Central Michigan and Western Michigan claimed share of the conference championship. For Central Michigan it claimed a share of its fourth consecutive championship and for Western Michigan was the programs fourth overall tournament title.
• Central Michigan and Kent State advanced to the NCAA Regionals.
• Western Michigan won its second consecutive conference championship and tenth title in the last 15 years.
• Miami won the conference championship for the third time in the last five years.
• Kent State won the program’s fifth consecutive and 19th overall conference title in men’s golf and received its 26th NCAA appearance.
• Kent State and Ball State both advanced to the NCAA Men’s Conference Championship, marking only the fifth time since 1983 the conference had two programs advance in the NCAA postseason tournament.
• Kent State won its 15th consecutive conference championship.
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field
• Akron won its third consecutive conference title and program’s fifth championship in the last six years.
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
• Kent State won the women’s outdoor track and field championship for the fourth consecutive year.
• Central Michigan won the conference championship for the tenth time in program history.
• Ball State’s Jennifer Gilbert was named NSCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, while Macy Merchant was named NSCA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team.
• Bowling Green won the program’s first conference title since 1999 as the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament.
• In December of 2012, the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I football First and Second Teams were announced and Toledo senior linebacker Dan Molls and Northern Illinois senior defensive end Alan Baxter were named first teams selections. Second Team selections included Central Michigan senior wide receiver Cody Wilson and Northern Illinois senior tight end Jason Schepler and defensive tackle Nabal Jefferson.
• In 2012, Northern Illinois had the most selections overall on the two Capital One Academic All-America teams with three selections and the MAC had the second most overall selections among the FBS football conferences, trailing only the Big Ten’s nine overall selections.
• In July, 2013 the NCAA announced its Public Recognition Awards bestowed upon teams with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports in 2011-12. For the MAC, 10 of our 12 full members were recognized: Akron (men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s tennis); Ball State (volleyball, women’s cross country); Bowling Green (women’s golf, women’s tennis); Buffalo (men’s cross country, women’s tennis); Central Michigan (softball); Eastern Michigan (volleyball, women’s cross country); Kent State (baseball, men’s golf, women’s cross country); Northern Illinois (women’s cross country); Ohio (women’s cross country); Western Michigan (men’s tennis, women’s soccer, women’s tennis).
• For a record-setting fourth consecutive semester, Miami University’s student-athletes recorded an all-time best cumulative grade-point average. The spring of 2013 cumulative GPA was 3.238 (4.0 scale). From Miami, 342 of 508 student-athletes recorded at least ‘B’ averages during the spring semester and 25 compiled perfect 4.0 GPA.
• University of Toledo student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.210 in spring of 2013, which is the second-highest department GPA in school history and the ninth consecutive semester in which Toledo student-athletes earned a combined GPA of 3.1 or higher.
• University of Toledo football program broke new ground last semester by earning a 3.0 GPA as a team for the first time in school history.
• Northern Illinois women’s cross country became the 10th Huskie team all-time, and seventh different sport, to earn an NCAA Public Recognition Award. At least one Northern Illinois team has ranked in the Top 10 percent for multi-year APR in its respective sport in seven of the last eight years.
• The Bowling Green women’s tennis team earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the eighth consecutive season. The Falcons women’s tennis team has had a perfect score of 1,000 in every year of the APR’s existence.
• The University of Akron men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country and women’s tennis programs received an NCAA Public Recognition Award. Since 2004-05, 13 Akron athletic programs have earned this award, with this year’s four squads being the most in a given year. The Zips women’s tennis team has been honored for four consecutive years, the women’s cross country program of the second time, while both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were honored for the first time.
• Eastern Michigan’s women’s cross country and volleyball teams earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award.
• Western Michigan had three squads earn an NCAA Public Recognition Award. For the Bronco women’s tennis program, this marks the second consecutive year and fourth time to receive the honor, while the first achievement for both the men’s tennis and women’s soccer programs.
• All 17 Northern Illinois teams surpassed the national standards for academic progress measured by the NCAA’s APR for 2013 – the eighth consecutive year that every Northern Illinois team has ‘made the grade’. In fact, 15 of 17 Huskie programs posted an APR rate of 950 or higher, while seven women’s teams boasted scores of 990 or better.
• The University of Akron witnessed ten programs record a perfect APR scored of 1,000 including 17 of 19 teams exceeding the national multi-year average.
• Ball State University had 17 of its 19 athletic programs record an APR of 965 or better, while 14 programs finished with scores better than the national Division I average of 974.
• Eastern Michigan student-athletes surpassed the 3.0 GPA plateau for the seventh consecutive semester as the Eagles athletic program ended the 2013 winter semester with a 3.087 GPA. Thirteen of the 19 teams logged a 3.0 GPA or better with the recent semester GPA ranking fourth best in program history.
• In its partnership with ESPN, the MAC is in the fifth year of its eight-year rights agreement (through 2016-2017 academic years) for football, as well as men’s and women’s basketball. The deal is the most extensive in the 67-year history of the conference. The agreement calls for a minimum of 25 events annually to be produced and aired on an ESPN platform including the men’s and women’s basketball championships, a regular-season MAC presence on ESPN, the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game and a minimum of 11 regular-season football games.
• The 2013 football schedule dates have already been announced, however with times and television to be announced at a future date, the MAC is expected to once again increase its television exposure. In 2012, the MAC had over 82% of its football games televised by either a national or regional television network.
• The 2013 season will once again feature an over-the-air syndication package produced and distributed by ESPN Regional Television (ERT). These syndicated games will be on ESPN Game Plan, ESPN Plus and ESPN3.
• National television exposure will also continue with 13 mid-week league games during November which will be broadcast by ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3 as the conference race unfolds in both the East and West divisions.
MAC Hall of Fame:
• Each year the Mid-American Conference recognizes the contributions of former student-athletes, coaches and administrators with the induction into the MAC Hall of Fame.
• The 2013 MAC Hall of Fame Class included seven inductees: Dave Keilitz (Central Michigan, baseball), Kim Knuth (Toledo, women’s basketball), Bill Mallory (Miami/Northern Illinois, football), Brad Maynard (Ball State, football), John Offerdahl (Western Michigan, football), Christi Smith (Akron, track and field) and Gary Trent (Ohio, men’s basketball).
• The MAC Hall of Fame was approved by the MAC Council of Presidents in 1987. The charter class was inducted in 1988 and subsequent classes were added in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994. After six induction classes, the MAC Hall of Fame maintained 52 members until it was reinstated in May of 2012. The 2013 class brings the number of MAC Hall of Fame inductees to 65 individuals from eight classes.
MAC Institutional Awards:
• Western Michigan University men’s athletics was named the winner of the 2012-13 Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Academic Achievement Award. The Broncos have won the award for the second consecutive academic year and for the fourth time in the last six years. The FAR Awards are designed to recognize the conference institution with the overall highest grade point average (GPA) rank by gender
• The Central Michigan University women’s athletics were named the winners of the 2012-13 Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Academic Achievement Award. Central Michigan has won this award in two of the last three academic seasons and for the third time in the last six years. The FAR Awards are designed to recognize the conference institution with the overall highest grade point average (GPA) rank by gender.
• The University of Toledo was named the winner of the 2012-13 Mid-American Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award. For the academic year, Toledo posted an overall athletic grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 based on 358 student-athletes in 15 sports. This marks the second consecutive year that Toledo has won this prestigious honor.
• Miami University was the recipient of the 2013 Institutional Sportsmanship Award presented Thursday, May 30 at the MAC Honor's Dinner, as part of the conference's annual Spring Meetings at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. This marks the third consecutive year that Miami has been recognized with this honor.
• Miami won the 2012-13 Jacoby Trophy, recognized as the top women’s program in MAC, for the third time in the last six seasons. Miami won the Jacoby Trophy in back-to-back academic seasons in 2008 and 2009. The Miami RedHawks compete in nine women’s sports and during the 2012-13 academic year won the MAC field hockey, women’s soccer, swimming and diving and women’s tennis championships.
• Kent State won its eighth all-time Reese Trophy (2012-13) representing the top men’s athletic program. Kent State has won the Reese Trophy for the fifth consecutive year, its sixth in the last eight years and the program’s eighth in the last 14 seasons. Kent State previously earned the Reese Trophy in 2000, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
• Nabal Jefferson (football) of Northern Illinois and Skylar Chew (women’s soccer) of Ball State were named the recipients of the 2013 Bob James Memorial Award by the Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives.
•In its 24th year, the Bob James Memorial Award recognizes one female and one male student-athlete who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.50, and have displayed good character, leadership and citizenship. The student-athletes are nominated during the year in which they complete their final season of eligibility. The $5,000 post-graduate scholarship is awarded in honor Bob James, the second commissioner in Mid-American Conference history (1964-71).
• The Cartwright Award was presented to the University of Toledo for its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship during the 2011-12 school year. The Cartwright Award is an institutional award presented annually to one university in the MAC based upon the criteria of excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship.
• The Cartwright Award is named in honor of Dr. Carol A. Cartwright, one of the most highly respected voices in higher education. Dr. Cartwright served as the President of Kent State University from 1991-2006 and President of Bowling Green from 2008-2011. Dr. Cartwright previously was the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of California at Davis and dean for undergraduate programs and vice provost at The Pennsylvania State University. She has served on the NCAA Board of Directors and is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
• Based in Cleveland since July 1999 following a 15-year stay in Toledo, Ohio, the MAC has established historic measurements in both football and men’s and women’s basketball since moving to Northeast Ohio. The MAC was founded as a five-school league on February 24, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio with Ohio, Butler, Cincinnati, Wayne State and Western Reserve admitted as charter members.
• The Mid-American Conference has 12 full-time schools and a 13th, UMass for football only beginning in 2012.
• In 1946 men’s basketball was the first competitive sport in the MAC, which now sponsors a total 23 sports. Women’s sports were brought into the conference’s structure in 1980. For men, championships (11) are sponsored in football, basketball, baseball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, wrestling, golf and tennis. For women, championships (12) are sponsored in basketball, softball, volleyball, cross country, field hockey, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, gymnastics, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and tennis.
• From two-time Super Bowl quarterback winning Ben Roethlisberger (Miami University), NFL Defensive MVP James Harrison (Kent State University), four NFL Pro Bowlers (OT Joe Staley, KR Josh Cribbs, TE Antonio Gates, LB James Harrison), British Open winner Ben Curtis (Kent State University), World Series winning manager Bob Brenly (Ohio University) and Olympic bobsled team member Brock Kreitzburgh (University of Toledo), the Mid-American Conference continues to excel in producing leaders in the world of athletics.
• Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher became the first MAC football player to be selected as the overall No. 1 selection in the NFL Draft. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Fisher as No. 1 in the 2013 NFL Draft in New York City's Radio City Music Hall.
• Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher became the third MAC athlete to be selected overall as the No. 1 selection in a professional draft. Previously, Akron forward Steve Zakuani was the first selection in the 2009 Major League Soccer's SuperDraft by the Seattle Sounders FC on January 15, 2009. Also, Ball State all-American pitcher Bryan Bullington was the No. 1 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on June 4, 2002.
• Akron: Eddie Elias (Professional Bowlers Association Founder); John Heisman (for whom the Heisman Trophy is named); Jason Taylor (Retired NFL player); Jim Tressell (former Ohio State head coach); George Wallace (comedian).
• Ball State: David Letterman (CBS Late Night with David Letterman); Kent Nelson (CEO of United Parcel Service); Angela Ahrendts (CEO of Burberry Group, London); John Schnatter (Founder/Chairman of Papa John’s Pizza Inc.).
• Bowling Green: Tim Conway (comedian); Eva Marie Saint (Actress, Academy Award, Best Supporting Actress 1954); Orel Hershiser (former MLB pitcher, Cy Young Award); Dave Wottle (1972 Olympic Gold medalist, 800 meters); Ken Morrow (former NHL player, member 1980 US Men’s Gold Olympic Hockey Team); Nate Thurmond (former NBA player, named one of 50 greatest NBA players); Rob Blake (former NHL player).
• Buffalo: Wolf Blitzer (CNN Senior Correspondent); Maury Chaykin (actor); John T. Curtin (U.S. District Court Judge); Millard Drexler (President, CEO, The Gap); Beverly Foit-Albert (renowned architect); Jeremy Jacobs (CEO of Delaware North Companies, owner NHL’s Boston Bruins); Wilson Greatbatch (engineer/inventor of implantable cardiac pacemaker); John Walsh (Host, America’s Most Wanted).
• Central Michigan: Dick Enberg (American TV Sportscaster); Dan Roundfield (former NBA Player and three-time NBA All-Star); Dan Majerle (former NBA Player and three-time NBA All-Star); Chris Kaman (Current NBA Player); Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers starting left tackle and named to two-Pro Bowls); Eric Fisher (Kansas City Chiefs starting left tackle and first overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft); Tom Crean (College Basketball Coach); Suzy Merchant (Women's Basketball Coach); Robert P. Griffin (U.S. Senator).
• Eastern Michigan: Charlie Batch (retired NFL player); General John G. Coburn (One of eight four-star generals in the US); Hayes Jones (1964 Olympic Gold medalist, 110 meter hurdles); Jack Roush (CEO and owner of Roush Racing); Bob Welch (former MLB pitcher, Cy Young Award Winner); Shirley Spork (co-founder of the LPGA).
• Kent State: Tom Batiuk (comic strip author of Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft); Ben Curtis (Professional golfer and 2003 British Open Champion); Nick Saban (college football and NFL head coach); Lou Holtz (college football coach and television sportscaster); Arsenio Hall (Talk Show Host); Jack Lambert (Pro Football Hall of Fame); Antonio Gates (Current NFL tight end and named to eight Pro Bowls); James Harrison (Current NFL linebacker and named to five Pro Bowls, two-time Super Bowl Champion and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008); Joshua Cribbs (Former NFL Player and named to two Pro Bowls).
• Miami (Ohio): Benjamin Harrison (23rd president of the United States); Paul Brown (Pro Football Hall of Fame, former NFL coach, founder of Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals); Wilbur ‘Weeb’ Ewbank (Pro Football Hall of Fame, former NFL coach); Bo Schembechler (former Michigan football coach); Ara Parseghian (former Notre Dame football coach); Wayne Embry (former NBA player, first African-American general manager in professional sports); Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers two-time winning Super Bowl Quarterback).
• Northern Illinois: Joan Allen (Actress, three-time Academy Award nominee); Tim Bennett (retired president, Harpo Productions, Inc.); Dan Castellaneta (Emmy Award winning actor, voice of Homer Simpson); Ned Colletti (General Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers); Mark Brown (award-winning columnist, Chicago Sun-Times); Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (founder and publisher of Daily Kos, the largest progressive community blog in the US).
• Ohio: Mike Schmidt (Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Famer; World Series MVP); Bob Brenley (former MLB player, World Series winning manager of the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks); John Swofford (Commissioner, ACC); Bo Pelini (Nebraska head football coach).
• Toledo: Danny Thomas (actor, founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital); John Snow (former United States Secretary of the Treasury 2003-06); Christi Paul (CNN Headline News anchor); Bruce Gradkowski (NFL quarterback); Lance Moore (NFL wide receiver).
• Western Michigan: Tim Allen (actor/comedian); Jack Clifford (Food Channel founder); Greg Jennings (NFL wide receiver); Jason Babin (NFL defensive end, Pro-Bowl); Dave Dombrowski (President, CEO and General Manager of the Detroit Tigers); Terry Crews (former NFL player/actor).