Aug. 3, 2004 wire reports

CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference extended the contract of commissioner Rick Chryst through the 2008-2009 school year.


Since Chryst was appointed commissioner in May 1999, MAC football teams have made 54 appearances on national television.

Last season, two MAC teams won bowl games: Bowling Green defeated Northwestern in the Motor City Bowl, and Miami of Ohio beat Louisville in the GMAC Bowl.

"Rick is one of the most able, knowledgeable, and respected Division I-A commissioners and he has led the MAC through an unprecedented period of growth as the league has enhanced its athletic competitiveness while maintaining the highest academic and sportsmanship standards," said Dr. John Peters of Northern Illinois, chair of the MAC Council of Presidents.

Chryst joined the MAC after serving as assistant commissioner in the Atlantic Coast Conference (1992-99) and the Southwest Conference (1989-92).

"I look forward to continuing to build on the successes of the last several years, in an environment that will remain challenging and changing," Chryst said.

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