MACwood Squares is our summer reading series on the best athletes in Mid-American Conference sports history. This week features Buffalo. Looking for your MAC school? Consult our schedule for other teams and please submit your nominees as well.
It's one of the thinner casts of the conference, but the nine stand out rather nicely. Good thing these lists aren't 16-deep. That'd also be one hard tic-tac-toe game to win. An overly brief snipped of each person's athletic career appears below the jump.
Steve Butcher (soccer)
The MAC Player of the year in 1998, the school's first year in the conference. Holds school records in career in points as well as assists.
Turner Battle (basketball)
Conference POY, near-NCAA participant, and continuing assistant coach.
Kourtney Brown (women's basketball)
Recent record-holder of many things female hoops. Spelling of first name overlooked.
Joe Hesketh (baseball)
A Montreal Expo. What more are you looking for?
Gerry Philbin (football)
One of the AFL's fiercest D-linemen.
Jim Horne (basketball)
'50s scoring sensation.
Sam Pellom (basketball)
So far, the only Bull to reach the NBA.
Naaman Roosevelt (football)
Buffalonian for life, receiver for now.
James Starks (football)
He started for a Super Bowl-winning team, injuries be damned.
So ends the week for Buffalo. Next week: Western Michigan, my girlfriend's alma mater. Looking for your team? See if we already covered them in our summer schedule.