If you run through each MAC school's media guides, you'll find information on coaches, last season's stats, maybe a couple positions reviews and the schedule. If you look hard enough, however, you can find man an interesting fact about the players, coaches, and even mascots that don your university's uniform. Listed here is one fact for each school that we thought you might like to know. Enjoy!
Akron: Their mascot Zippy was decided upon in 1953 because the kangaroo was "fast, agile, and powerful with undying determination-- all the necessary qualities of the athlete."
Ball State: Head coach Pete Lembo is in elite company. He is one of seven coaches to win nine games in a season at three different schools. Ball State alum Brady Hoke, Kent State alum Nick Saban, former Central Michigan coach Brian Kelly, former Bowling Green coach Urban Meyer, Paul Johnson, and Dennis Franchione, are the other six.
Bowling Green: Head coach Dino Babers graduated from the University of Hawai'i with a bachelor's degree in education.
Buffalo: The Bulls sport four international players. Three of them are from Canada. The fourth? Freshman OL Matt Murphy of London, England.
Central Michigan: The Chippewas have three first cousins on the current roster: Jarret (defensive back, senior), Mark (wide receiver, redshirt freshman), and Winslow (defensive back, redshirt sophomore).
Eastern Michigan: "The Factory" was inspired by Coach Chris Creighton, who during a practice, said that "we will play anyone, anytime, anywhere... even on a parking lot covered with glass."
Kent State: The Golden Flashes have a woman on their roster. April Goss is a walk-on, redshirted junior placekicker from Pennsylvania. Her jersey number is 91.
Miami University: Junior defensive lineman Mitchell Winters coaches a local flag football team in his hometown of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He is also an avid hockey player in his spare time. (Go figure, he's Canadian.)
Massachusetts: Sophomore long snapper Nick Berus was recognized in a Congratulatory Resolution by the Pennsylvania General Assembly for saving the life of his friend's mother and two-year-old sister from a trapped car during a flash flood that claimed the lives of three.
Northern Illinois: Redshirted sophomore OL Ron Brown is a nationally ranked chess player. (Another fun fact: his legal name is Daron Brown, but he goes by Ron so as to not be confused with redshirt senior WR Da'Ron Brown.)
Ohio: Junior defensive end Tarell Basham had perfect attendance throughout all four years of high school.
Toledo: The Rockets could hold a small police force on their roster. Fourteen of their players, including the incoming freshman class, are criminal justice majors.
Western Michigan: We all know sophomore Corey Davis, younger brother of Central Michigan's Titus Davis plays for Western. But did you know that Central's senior Justin Cherocci's little brother, redshirt freshman Lucas Cherocci, is also a Bronco? Talk about a house divided.