Rick Chryst, the MAC commissioner since 1999, announced today that he will be leaving the conference at the completion of his current contract, which concludes on June 30.
Chryst is the third-longest serving commissioner in the 63-year history of the league. Only Dr. David E. Reese (1946-64), the conference’s first commissioner, and Fred Jacoby (1971-82) have held the post longer. Here is the link released by the conference.
I've been covering the league since 2001 and the league went from being known around the country as "The Little Big 10" to one that is respected nationally, especially in football. Basketball, however, seemed to slip under his watch - the Missouri Valley and West Coast - have moved past the MAC in terms of respect over the years - but few can argue about the increased national exposure Chryst brought to the MAC for football.
Whoever replaces Chryst has some huge shoes to fill.
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