Ball State Cardinals football

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Ball State Cardinals
2015 Ball State Cardinals football team
First season 1924
Athletic director Bill Scholl
Head coach Mike Neu
Other staff Joey Lynch (OC)
Kevin Kelly (DC)
Stadium Scheumann Stadium
Year built 1967
Seating capacity 22,500
Field surface SprinTurf
Location Muncie, Indiana
NCAA division NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West
Past conferences IIC (1934–1947)
HCC (1951–1967)
All-time record 421–381–32 (.524)
Bowl record 0–7 (.000)
Claimed nat'l titles 0
Conference titles 10
Division titles 3
Current uniform

Cardinal and White

Fight song Ball State Fight Song
Mascot Charlie Cardinal
Marching band The Pride of Mid-America Marching Band

Miami (Ohio)

Northern Illinois

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.[1] 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.[2]


  • 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.[3] In 2008, the trophy was established with Northern Illinois holding a 4-1 edge in the contests.


Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position
Mike Neu Head Coach
Joey Lynch Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Kevin Kelly Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Justin Lustig Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Johnny Curtis Special Teams/Linebackers Coach
Patrick Dougherty Tight Ends Coach
Alex Bailey Wide Receivers Coach
John Strollo Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Nick Siatras Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Daryl Dixon SAM & Nickel LB's Coach
Shannon Morrison Defensive Backs Coach

Head coaches[edit]

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).[4]


Bowl appearances[edit]

Ball State has appeared in seven NCAA Division I postseason bowl games, where they have compiled a 0–7 record, losing all seven.

Season Date Played Bowl Game Opponent Result
1989 December 9, 1989 California Bowl Fresno State L 6–27
1993 December 17, 1993 Las Vegas Bowl Utah State L 33–42
1996 December 18, 1996 Las Vegas Bowl Nevada L 15–18
2007 January 5, 2008 International Bowl Rutgers L 30–52
2008 January 6, 2009 GMAC Bowl Tulsa L 13–45
2012 December 21, 2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl UCF L 17-38
2013 January 5, 2014 GoDaddy Bowl Arkansas State L 20-23

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Coach Overall record
1942 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference John Magnabosco 6-2-0
1964 Heartland Collegiate Conference Ray Louthen 5-3-0
1965 Heartland Collegiate Conference Ray Louthen 9-0-1
1966 Heartland Collegiate Conference Ray Louthen 7-1-1
1967 Heartland Collegiate Conference Ray Louthen 7-3-0
1976 Mid-American Conference Dave McClain 8-3-0
1978 Mid-American Conference Dwight Wallace 10-1-0
1989 Mid-American Conference Paul Schudel 7-3-2
1993 Mid-American Conference Paul Schudel 8-3-1
1996 Mid-American Conference Bill Lynch 8-4-0

Cardinals in professional football[edit]

Nate Davis, currently of the Amarillo Venom

Ball State has produced a total of 27 NFL draft selections.[5] 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.


As of December 2015, there are a total of 6 Cardinals listed on team rosters in the NFL,[6] CFL,[7] and AFL.[8]


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[edit]

Ball State has had 28 players selected in the NFL Draft.[12]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of March 23, 2015

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
at Georgia State at Illinois at Notre Dame vs Indiana at Michigan vs Army
at Indiana vs UAB at Indiana vs Florida Atlantic at Indiana
vs Eastern Kentucky at Western Kentucky vs Western Kentucky at NC State
at Florida Atlantic



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  2. ^ DeLassus, David. "Ball State Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Doug Zaleski (November 23, 2007). "BSU-Northern Illinois winner will collect Bronze Stalk trophy". Gannett. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ball State Football Year-by-year results" (PDF). Ball State University Athletic Department. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ball St. Drafted Players/Alumni". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "NFL Players by College - B". ESPN. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Active Players". Canadian Football League. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "AFL Players". ArenaFan. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Blaine Bishop NFL Football Statistics". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Timmy Brown NFL Football Statistics". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Kenny Stucker". ArenaFan. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
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  13. ^ "Ball State Drafted Players/Alumni". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ball State Cardinals Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  15. ^ "Ball State football to play Indiana State next year". 17 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Kelley, Kevin. "Texas A&M adds Ball State and Western Carolina to 2015 Football Schedule". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 

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