Ball State Cardinals football
|Ball State Cardinals|
|Athletic director||Bill Scholl|
|Head coach||Pete Lembo
3rd year, 15–10 (.600)
|Other staff||Rich Skrosky (OC)
Jay Bateman (DC)
|Home stadium||Scheumann Stadium|
|League||NCAA Division I (FBS)|
|Past conferences||IIC (1934–1947)
|All-time record||421–381–32 (.524)|
|Postseason bowl record||0–7 (.000)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
|Fight song||Ball State Fight Song|
|Marching band||The Pride of Mid-America Marching Band|
The Ball State Cardinals football team are a college football program representing the Ball State University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football. Pete Lembo is Ball State's current head coach, the 17th in the program's history. Ball State plays its home games on Scheumann Stadium on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The Cardinals compete in the Mid-American Conference as a member of the West Division.
With a 421–381–32 record, Ball State does not rank among the top 50 most victories among NCAA FBS programs. Ball State was originally classified as a junior college, participating in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) from 1937 until 1956. In 1957, they were classified as a Small College school until 1972. Ball State received Division II classification in 1973, before becoming a Division I-AA program in 1975 and an Division I-A (now FBS) program until 1981, before dropping to Division I-AA for a single season (1982), before returning to Division I-A.
- Northern Illinois – The Cardinals have played the Northern Illinois Huskies 5 times in football since the launch of the Bronze Stalk Trophy. The trophy depicts several cornstalks in tribute to the prevalence of maize around the respective home states of the rivals. In 2008, the trophy was established with Northern Illinois holding a 4-1 edge in the contests.
Current coaching staff
|Pete Lembo||Head Coach|
|Joey Lynch||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach|
|Jay Bateman||Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach|
|Justin Lustig||Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Coach|
|VACANT||Tight Ends Coach|
|Keith Gaither||Wide Receivers Coach|
|Nick Tabacca||Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach|
|Chad Wilt||Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
|Daryl Dixon||Defensive Backs Coach|
The Ball State Cardinals have had 16 head coaches throughout the program's history. With 68 victories, John Magnabosco is first overall in the program's history, followed by Paul Schudel (60 wins) and Dave McClain (46).
Former Ball State head coach Brady Hoke is now that head football coach at the University of Michigan.
Ball State has appeared in seven NCAA Division I postseason bowl games, where they have compiled a 0–7 record, losing all seven.