League-wide flag to commemorate wins over Power 5 schools
DETROIT – #MACtion is about to be a lot more fun.
During his annual address Tuesday morning during Mid-American Conference Media Day, Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said he has sent conference-themed pirate flags to each school to raise at stadiums after upsets of Power 5 opponents or any nonconference win worth celebrating.
“Our ships or our stadiums are not always the largest or shiniest, but we are manned by highly motivated crews, players and coaches who carry a chip on their shoulder, who demonstrate an anytime, anywhere attitude, and if respect is not freely given, we will earn it and we will take it,” Steinbrecher said at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions and the MAC Championship game..
In the past, he’s sent a mock-up “Jolly Roger” flag via email to MAC schools after big wins, sort of as a joke. Now he wants to make flag-raising a new tradition around the league.
“I hope we develop a fun tradition for players, students or boosters, whoever, taking part in this collective victory celebration,” Steinbrecher said. “Let’s collectively fly the flag.”
The MAC will use the “#flytheflag” hashtag after wins.
NIU picked to win the MAC West
The conference released its annual media poll Tuesday morning, and Northern Illinois University was selected to win the West division over defending champion Toledo.
The Huskies received 15 first-place votes to Toledo’s seven. They also received four votes to win the MAC Championship game. Only Ohio (13) and Toledo (5) received more votes to win the title. NIU played in six straight MAC title games from 2010 to ’15.