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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. Mike Neu is the current head coach. 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.

Ball State Cardinals
2019 Ball State Cardinals football team
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First season1924
Athletic directorBeth Goetz
Head coachMike Neu
3rd season, 10–26 (.278)
Other staffJoey Lynch (OC)
David Elson (DC)
Tyler Stockton (co-DC/ILB)
StadiumScheumann Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)
Year built1967
Field surfaceSprinTurf
LocationMuncie, Indiana
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceMid-American Conference
Past conferencesIIC (1934–1947)
ICC (1951–1967)
All-time record421–381–32 (.524)
Bowl record0–7 (.000)
Conference titles10
Division titles3
RivalriesIndiana State (rivalry)
Northern Illinois (rivalry)
Current uniform
ColorsCardinal and White[1]
Fight songBall State Fight Song
MascotCharlie Cardinal
Marching bandThe Pride of Mid-America Marching Band

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]


Conference affiliationsEdit

Ball State has been an independent and affiliated with multiple conferences.[citation needed]


Conference championshipsEdit

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

Division championshipsEdit

Year Division Coach Opponent CG result
2001 MAC West Bill Lynch N/A lost tiebreaker to Toledo
2007 MAC West Brady Hoke N/A lost tiebreaker to Central Michigan
2008 MAC West Brady Hoke Buffalo L 24–42

Bowl gamesEdit

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 Bowl 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 Bowl 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

Head coachesEdit

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]


Indiana StateEdit

Ball State leads the series with Indiana State 38–24–1[citation needed] with the last game played in 2014.

Northern IllinoisEdit

The Cardinals have played Northern Illinois five 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.[5] Northern Illinois holds a 24–20–2 lead in the series through the 2018 season.[6]

Cardinals in professional footballEdit

Nate Davis, currently a free agent

Ball State has produced a total of 27 NFL draft selections.[7] 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,[8] CFL,[9] and AFL.[10]


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.

Current coaching staffEdit

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
Tyler Stockton Co-Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach
Kevin Lynch Running Backs Coach
Alex Bailey Wide Receivers Coach
Colin Johsnon Offensive Line
Keith McKenzie Defensive Line Coach
Grady Brown Defensive Backs /Passing Game Coordinator
Cory Connolly Outside Linebackers Coach
Jared Heck Defensive Graduate Assistant
Phil Schron Defensive Graduate Assistant
Dan Reineck Offensive Graduate Assistant
Matt Barlow Director of Recruiting Operations
Samantha Johnson Football Operations and Recruiting Graduate Assistant

Future non-conference opponentsEdit


  1. ^ "Brand Colors - Ball State University". Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  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. Archived from the original on May 15, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Ball State Football Year-by-year results" (PDF). Ball State University Athletic Department. Retrieved August 7, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Doug Zaleski (November 23, 2007). "BSU-Northern Illinois winner will collect Bronze Stalk trophy". Gannett. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Winsipedia - Ball State Cardinals vs. Northern Illinois Huskies football series history". Winsipedia. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  7. ^ "Ball St. Drafted Players/Alumni". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "NFL Players by College - B". ESPN. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  9. ^ "Active Players". Canadian Football League. Archived from the original on August 26, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  10. ^ "AFL Players". ArenaFan. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Blaine Bishop NFL Football Statistics". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Timmy Brown NFL Football Statistics". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  13. ^ "Kenny Stucker". ArenaFan. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  14. ^ "Ball State Cardinals Football Future Schedules". Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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