New MAC commissioner faces challenge on scheduling

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher was named the new commissioner of the Mid-American Conference on Monday and his first order of business when he takes over at the end of June might be to bolster goodwill with other conferences that have been dismayed with the MAC's scheduling procedures.

In 2007, several Mid-American Conference schools had to adjust their schedules because of overscheduling. This year, something similar is happening with Miami (Ohio) and its game against Colorado. Miami bumped Colorado from its schedule, and now several other MAC schools might have to adjust their schedules to help Miami find Colorado another opponent.

It appears as though Toledo will be Colorado's new opponent, which will force a team from the Rockets' schedule to move somewhere else and so on and so forth.

Although current commissioner Rick Chryst has placed all nonconference scheduling issues at the feet of the teams involved, there's no doubt that many of these snafus have been created by the MAC commissioner trying to gain more TV exposure. This has forced several athletic directors to shuffle their schedules at the last minute, push games to future dates and even fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars to satisfy contracts.

While seeking more television coverage is good, the execution has caused many athletic directors to rethink scheduling any games with MAC teams.

When the MAC schedule comes out -- eventually -- the athletic directors from Miami and Colorado might be willing to shed more light on what caused the scheduling snafu and recommend ways for Steinbrecher to alleviate such headaches in the future.