Ball State Cardinals football
|Ball State Cardinals|
|Athletic director||Mark Sandy|
|Head coach||Mike Neu
1st year, 4–3 (.571)
|Other staff||Joey Lynch (OC)
Tim Daoust (DC)
|NCAA division||Division I FBS|
|Past conferences||IIC (1934–1947)
|All-time record||421–381–32 (.524)|
|Bowl record||0–7 (.000)|
|Colors||Cardinal and White
|Fight song||Ball State Fight Song|
|Marching band||The Pride of Mid-America Marching Band|
The Ball State Cardinals football team is a college football program representing Ball State University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football. Pete Lembo was Ball State's recent head coach, the 17th in the program's history, coaching from 2010-2015. 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 a 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.
- Indiana State - See: Blue Key Victory Bell
- 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
|Mike Neu||Head Coach|
|Byron Ellis||Chief of Staff/Director of Football Administration|
|Joey Lynch||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach|
|Tim Daoust||Defensive Coordinator|
|Patrick Dougherty||Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach|
|John T. Curtis III||Linebackers Coach|
|Kevin Lynch||Running Backs Coach|
|Alex Bailey||Wide Receivers Coach|
|Kyle Devan||Offensive Line Coach|
|Keith McKenzie||Defensive Line Coach|
|Chevis Jackson||DB's Coach|
The Ball State Cardinals have had 17 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).
Ball State has appeared in seven NCAA Division I postseason bowl games, where they have compiled a 0–7 record, losing all seven.
Cardinals in professional football
Ball State has produced a total of 27 NFL draft selections. The following "Active" and "All-Star" lists account for past and present Ball State University football players that have participated in the National Football League, the Canadian Football League, and the Arena Football League.
Among the numerous Cardinals that have participated in the NFL, CFL, and AFL, a total of 3 have received all-star recognition by their respective leagues.
NFL draft selections
Ball State has had 28 players selected in the NFL Draft.
Future non-conference opponents
Announced schedules as of March 23, 2015
|at Illinois||vs Central Connecticut||vs Indiana||at Michigan||at Penn State||at Tennessee|
|vs UAB||at Notre Dame||vs Fordham||at Indiana||vs Army|
|vs Tennessee Tech||at Indiana||vs Florida Atlantic|
|at Western Kentucky||vs Western Kentucky||at NC State|
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