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Ball State Cardinals football

Ball State Cardinals
2015 Ball State Cardinals football team
First season 1924
Athletic director Bill Scholl
Head coach Pete Lembo
5th year, 28–20 (.583)
Other staff Joey Lynch (OC)
Kevin Kelly (DC)
Home stadium Scheumann Stadium
Year built 1967
Stadium capacity 22,500
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Muncie, Indiana
League 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)
Postseason bowl record 0–7 (.000)
Claimed national 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 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.[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

Name Position
Pete Lembo Head Coach
Joey Lynch Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Kevin Kelly Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Justin Lustig Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Patrick Dougherty Tight Ends Coach
Keith Gaither 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

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).[4]

Former Ball State head coach Brady Hoke is now that head football coach at the University of Michigan. He was soon fired after a 5-7 season with the Wolverines.


Bowl appearances

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

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

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 April 2014, there are a total of 4 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

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

Future non-conference opponents

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



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  • Ball State Historical Data, College Football Data Warehouse.
  • Michael Maccambridge (ed.), ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Game, ESPN, 2005, ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.

External links

  • Archival images and archival film of Ball State University football games from the Ball State University Digital Media Repository

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