MAC ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT FOR TEMPLE TO WITHDRAW FROM CONFERENCE
For Immediate Release—Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today in conjunction with Temple University that the two parties have reached an agreement for Temple to leave the Conference immediately. Temple spent five seasons (2007-11) with the Conference.
Statement from MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher regarding Temple:
"Temple University requested to be released from its obligation, as a football-only member of providing two season’s prior notice before departing the Mid-American Conference. As a result the Conference and its member institutions engaged in a dialogue with Temple regarding an appropriate resolution. We have come to an agreement that is fair to the parties involved."
"As a result, the Mid-American Conference has adjusted its football divisional alignment. Bowling Green State University will compete in the East Division that will consist of seven member institutions. The West Division will have six members. The eight-game Conference schedule should be released within several weeks."
-The negotiated exit fee for Temple to leave the Mid-American Conference is $6 million.
-2012 MAC Football Divisional Alignment
East Division: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, UMass, Miami, Ohio
West Division: Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan.
-Since 2007, the MAC has operated under a 13-member football membership model.