Ball State Cardinals football

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.

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]

Ball State Cardinals
2019 Ball State Cardinals football team
Ball State Athletics wordmark
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
DivisionWest
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
MAC-Uniform-BSU
ColorsCardinal and White[1]
         
Fight songBall State Fight Song
MascotCharlie Cardinal
Marching bandThe Pride of Mid-America Marching Band
Websiteballstatesports.com

Conference affiliations

Ball State has been an independent and affiliated with multiple conferences.

Championships

Conference championships

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 championships

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 games

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 coaches

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]

Rivalries

Indiana State

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

Northern Illinois

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 football

Nate Davis at 49ers Family Day 2009 2
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.

Active

As of December 2017, there are a total of 2 Cardinals listed on team rosters in the NFL,[8] CFL,[9] and AFL.[10]

All-stars

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 Pro Bowl (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000)[11]
NFL All-Pro (1995, 1996, 2000)[11]
NFL Pro Bowl (1962, 1963, 1965)[12]
NFL All-Pro (1963, 1965, 1966)[12]
AFL All-Arena (1996 & 1998)[13]

Current coaching staff

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 opponents

Announced schedules as of June 8, 2019.[14]

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs Indiana (in Indianapolis, IN) Maine Western Illinois at Tennessee at Kentucky Army at Purdue
Fordham at Michigan at Penn State Murray State at Army Liberty at Liberty
Florida Atlantic at Indiana at Wyoming at Georgia Southern Indiana State
at NC State Wyoming Army Georgia Southern

References

  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). www.ballstatesports.com. Ball State University Athletic Department. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Doug Zaleski (November 23, 2007). "BSU-Northern Illinois winner will collect Bronze Stalk trophy". www.thestarpress.com. 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". www.pro-football-reference.com. USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "NFL Players by College - B". www.espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  9. ^ "Active Players". CFL.ca. Canadian Football League. Archived from the original on August 26, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  10. ^ "AFL Players". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Blaine Bishop NFL Football Statistics". www.Pro-Football-Reference.com. USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Timmy Brown NFL Football Statistics". www.Pro-Football-Reference.com. USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  13. ^ "Kenny Stucker". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  14. ^ "Ball State Cardinals Football Future Schedules". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  • 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

2005 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2005 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. Ball State competed as a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Cardinals were led by Brady Hoke in his third year as head coach.

2006 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2006 Ball State Cardinals football team competed in football on behalf of the Ball State University during the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by head coach Brady Hoke.

2007 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2007 Ball State Cardinals football team competed in football on behalf of the Ball State University during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They won the majority of their games, led by their quarterback Nate Davis who threw 20+ touchdown passes connecting to receivers Dante Love and Darius Hill for more than 10 touchdown passes combined.

2009 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2009 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Ball State competed as a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division. The team was coached by Stan Parrish and played their homes game at Scheumann Stadium. The finished with a record of 2–10 (2–6 MAC).

2010 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2010 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University during the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinals, led by second-year head coach Stan Parrish, competed in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference and played their home games at Scheumann Stadium. They finished their season 4–8, 3–5 in conference play. Parrish was fired at the end of the season.

2011 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2011 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinals were led by first-year head coach Pete Lembo and played their home games at Scheumann Stadium. They were a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 6–6, 4–4 in MAC play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the West Division.

2012 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2012 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by second-year head coach Pete Lembo and played their home games at Scheumann Stadium. They were a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 9–4, 6–2 in MAC play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl where they were defeated by UCF. The Cardinals were led by Junior QB #10 Keith Wenning with 3,095 yards passing, 24 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.

2013 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2013 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Pete Lembo and played their home games at Scheumann Stadium. They were a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 7–1 in MAC play to finish in second place in the West Division. They were invited to the GoDaddy Bowl where they lost to Arkansas State.

2014 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2014 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Pete Lembo and played their home games at Scheumann Stadium. They were a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 5–7, 4–4 in MAC play to finish in fifth place in the West Division.

2015 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2015 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Pete Lembo and played their home games at Scheumann Stadium. They were a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 3–9, 2–6 in MAC play to finish in fifth place in the West Division.

2016 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2016 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by first-year head coach Mike Neu and played their home games at Scheumann Stadium. They were a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 4–8, 1–7 in MAC play to finish in last place in the West Division.

2017 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2017 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by second-year head coach Mike Neu and played their home games at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana as members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. The finished the season 2–10, 0–8 in MAC play to finish in last place in the West Division.

2018 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2018 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Mike Neu and played their home games at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana as members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 4–8, 3–5 in MAC play to finish in fifth place in the West Division.

2019 Ball State Cardinals football team

The 2019 Ball State Cardinals football team will represent Ball State University during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinals will be led by fourth-year head coach Mike Neu and will play their home games at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana. They will compete as members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.

Jerald Ingram

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Keith McKenzie (American football)

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List of Ball State Cardinals football seasons

The following is a list of Ball State Cardinals football seasons for the football team that has represented Ball State University in NCAA competition.

Mike Neu

Michael David Neu (born December 29, 1970) is the head coach of the Ball State Cardinals football team at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Before taking that position in January 2016, he was the quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. Previously he was a quarterback in the Arena Football League and head coach of the New Orleans VooDoo. Neu has 3 children; Graycen (17), Carson (16), and Chase (7). His family always attends football games to cheer him on, such as his mother Gwyndoline, nieces Josie, Randee and Lacie, and his 8 brothers and sisters.

Neu was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, attended high school at Perry Meridian High School, and graduated from Ball State. In 1993, Neu was named the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year.In the Arena Football League, he was head coach of the New Orleans VooDoo, as well as a former head coach of the defunct Carolina Cobras. He had a 13-15 record with the Cobras, and had a 32-31 record with the VooDoo. During the 2006 AFL season, while the VooDoo suspended operations for the season, he worked as a professional scout for the National Football League's New Orleans Saints.

In 2014, Neu left his job as quarterbacks coach with the Tulane Green Wave football team, to take the same position with the Saints.On January 7, 2016, Neu was announced as the new head coach at Ball State, filling the position most recently held by Pete Lembo.

Scheumann Stadium

The Scheumann Stadium, formerly known as the Ball State Stadium, is in Muncie, Indiana. It is primarily used for football, and is the home field of the Ball State University Cardinals. The stadium opened in 1967, and has a capacity of 22,500 for football games.

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