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Ball State Cardinals
2018 Ball State Cardinals football team
Ball State Athletics wordmark.png
First season 1924
Athletic director Beth Goetz
Head coach Mike Neu
3rd season, 7–18 (.280)
Other staff Joey Lynch (OC)
David Elson (DC)
Stadium Scheumann Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)
Year built 1967
Field surface SprinTurf
Location Muncie, Indiana
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West
Past conferences IIC (1934–1947)
ICC (1951–1967)
All-time record 421–381–32 (.524)
Bowl record 0–7 (.000)
Conference titles 10
Division titles 3
Rivalries Miami (Ohio)
Northern Illinois
Current uniform
Colors Cardinal and White[1]
Fight song Ball State Fight Song
Mascot Charlie Cardinal
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 to 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.

The Cardinals have a 421–381–32 record, which ranks below the top 50 most victories among NCAA FBS programs.[2] Ball State was originally classified as a teacher's 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.[3]


  • Bowling Green-
  • 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.[4] 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
Byron Ellis Chief of Staff/Director of Football Administration
Joey Lynch Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
David Elson 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 Assistant Head Coach -Offensive Line
Keith McKenzie Defensive Line Coach
Chevis Jackson DB's Coach
Cory Connolly Outside Linebackers Coach
Matt Barlow Director of Recruiting Operations

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).[5]


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

Ball State also appeared in two NCAA College Division postseason bowl games, where they compiled a record of 0–1–1.

Season Date Played Bowl Game Opponent Result
1965 December 11, 1965 Grantland Rice Bowl Tennessee State T 14–14
1967 December 9, 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl Eastern Kentucky L 13–27

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Coach Record
1942 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference John Magnabosco 6–2
1964 Heartland Collegiate Conference Ray Louthen 5–3
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
1976 Mid-American Conference Dave McClain 8–3
1978 Mid-American Conference Dwight Wallace 10–1
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
Total conference championships 10

Cardinals in professional football[edit]

Nate Davis, currently a free agent

Ball State has produced a total of 27 NFL draft selections.[6] 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 2017, there are a total of 2 Cardinals listed on team rosters in the NFL,[7] CFL,[8] and AFL.[9]


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.

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of November 11, 2017.[13][14][15]

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
vs Indiana at Michigan vs Western Illinois at Tennessee vs Georgia Southern
vs Fordham at Indiana at Penn State at Georgia Southern at Kentucky
vs Florida Atlantic vs Wyoming at Wyoming vs Murray State
at NC State vs Maine vs Army


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  2. ^ "2012 Football Bowl Subdivision Records - All-Time Team Won-Loss Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ DeLassus, David. "Ball State Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Doug Zaleski (November 23, 2007). "BSU-Northern Illinois winner will collect Bronze Stalk trophy". Gannett. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ball State Football Year-by-year results" (PDF). Ball State University Athletic Department. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ball St. Drafted Players/Alumni". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "NFL Players by College - B". ESPN. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Active Players". Canadian Football League. Archived from the original on August 26, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "AFL Players". ArenaFan. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Blaine Bishop NFL Football Statistics". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Timmy Brown NFL Football Statistics". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Kenny Stucker". ArenaFan. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ball State Cardinals Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  14. ^ "Ball State football to play Indiana State next year". 17 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Kelley, Kevin. "Texas A&M adds Ball State and Western Carolina to 2015 Football Schedule". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 

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