MAC takes stand against RFRA, to stop scheduling events in Indiana

<p>Mark Sandy was hired at Ball State after 10 years after Eastern Kentucky.&nbsp;</p>

Mark Sandy was hired at Ball State after 10 years after Eastern Kentucky. 



Days after the NCAA spoke out against Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Mid-American Conference is making a statement as well. 

"The [MAC] will not schedule any more meetings or championships in Indiana until this current matter is brought to a sensible and appropriate conclusion,” said MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher.

Conference championships in men's and women's outdoor track and field, scheduled for May 14-16, will still be hosted in Muncie. Several championships, primarily Olympic sports, are hosted by different MAC schools on a rotational basis. 

That means any member school could potentially host any of the rotational sports. Ken Mather, Associate Commissioner of Media and Public Relations for the MAC, said both golf and tennis have been hosted in Indiana in recent years. 

Ball State athletic director Mark Sandy echoed statements from Steinbrecher, adding that the conference is making its stance clear. 

"They're following NCAA leadership in saying that any kind of a rule that would be perceived as discriminatory is not a good thing," Sandy said. "Any organization that has multiple members from different states has to take into consideration all of its members." 

Ball State is the only MAC school located in Indiana. The conference also hosts its annual presidents meeting in Indianapolis, where NCAA headquarters are located. 

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