DETROIT – #MACtion is about to get a lot more fun.
During his annual public address Tuesday morning during MAC Media Day, commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said he has sent conference-themed pirate flags to each school to raise at stadiums following upsets over Power 5 opponents or any non-conference 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 following 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 be using the "#flytheflag" hashtag following wins.
NIU picked to win the MAC West
The conferenced released its annual media poll Tuesday morning, and NIU was selected to win the West division over defending champion Toledo.
The Huskies received 15 first-place votes vs. 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 2010-2015.