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Ball State Cardinals


Ball State Cardinals

Ball State Cardinals
University Ball State University
Conference MAC
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Bill Scholl
Location Muncie, IN
Varsity teams 18
Football stadium Scheumann Stadium
Basketball arena Worthen Arena
Baseball stadium Ball Diamond
Mascot Charlie Cardinal
Nickname Cardinals
Fight song Fight, Team, Fight
     Cardinal       White
Website .com.ballstatesportswww
Ball State competes in the following NCAA sports[1]
Men's sports Women's sports
Sport Division Sport Division
Basketball I MAC Basketball I MAC
Golf I MAC Golf I MAC
Swimming I MAC Swimming I MAC
Tennis I MAC Tennis I MAC
Volleyball I MIVA Volleyball I MAC
Baseball I MAC Softball I MAC
FootBall I MAC Soccer I MAC
Field hockey I MAC
Gymnastics I MAC
Indoor Track & Field I MAC
Outdoor Track & Field I MAC
Cross country I MAC

Ball State University's athletic teams are called the Cardinals. The Cardinals are part of the NCAA Mid-American Conference and located in Muncie, Indiana. Charlie Cardinal is the team mascot.

The Ball State University Pride of Mid-America Marching Band performs at all home football games, many home basketball games, and various other athletic and spirit events across campus.

Sarah and Christian Schinbeckler posing with Charlie Cardinal at a home football game during Ball State's Family Weekend.


  • Football 1
    • All-Time Win-Loss Record as of 2011 1.1
    • Conference Championships 1.2
      • Indiana Intercollegiate Conference 1.2.1
      • Heartland Collegiate Conference 1.2.2
      • Mid-American Conference 1.2.3
    • Bowl games 1.3
  • Men's basketball 2
  • Women's basketball 3
  • Baseball 4
  • Nickname 5
  • Fight Song 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The Ball State Cardinals football team competes in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference. The current head coach is Pete Lembo.[2] The Cardinals play at Scheumann Stadium. On October 5, 2008, Ball State was ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in team history, and reached a ranking as high as 12th in the nation during the course of the season. Ball State completed their 2008 regular season with a record of 12-1 and a conference record of 8-1. They won the MAC West Division Championship before falling to Buffalo in the MAC Championship at Ford Field in Detroit. Shortly after the departure of the head coach, Brady Hoke, Ball State lost to the University of Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl on January 6, 2009 by a score of 45-13.

All-Time Win-Loss Record as of 2011

  • 426-378-32

Conference Championships

Indiana Intercollegiate Conference

  • 1942

Heartland Collegiate Conference

  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 1966
  • 1967

Mid-American Conference

  • 1976
  • 1978
  • 1989
  • 1993
  • 1996

Bowl games

The Cardinals have gone to seven Division I bowl games. They have an 0-7 record in these games being outscored by a total score of 245-124.

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

Men's basketball

Ball State men's basketball is affiliated with NCAA division 1. They were founded in 1920-1921.

Women's basketball

The Ball State Cardinals' women's basketball team won their first MAC tournament in 2009 and subsequently went to their first-ever NCAA Tournament. In the first round, they beat the Tennessee Lady Volunteers 71-55 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 12th-seeded Ball State's win over 5th-seeded Tennessee was the Lady Volunteers' first first round loss in the 28-year history of the women's NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals earned a lot of attention for their historic first round win and briefly became the Cinderella, feel-good story of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the Iowa State Cyclones 57-71 in the second round. On March 21, 2012, Kelly Packard, the head coach, resigned[3] On May 12, 2012, Brady Sallee, the former coach at Eastern Illinois University, was named the eleventh head coach in the program's history.[4]


The Ball State baseball team plays in the MAC West Division. They play on Ball Diamond. Their head coach is Rich Maloney, who formerly coached the Cardinals, with an extended stint with the University of Michigan in between. The team began play in 1918.


Ball State athletics teams received the "Cardinals" nickname in 1927, after the name was suggested by then-athletic director Paul "Billy" Williams and voted upon by the student body. In years prior, the school's teams were known as the "Hoosieroons".[5]

Fight Song

The Ball State fight song was written by Carl Hofer in 1930.[6]

Fight, Team, Fight
Fight team fight for Ball State
We must win this game
Onward now you Cardinals
Bring glory to your name
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Here's to both our colors
Cardinal and White
Praying for a victory
So fight, fight, fight

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Source: Pete Lembo Named Head Football Coach
  3. ^ St. Myer, Thomas (March 21, 2012). "Kelly Packard resigns as Ball State women's basketball coach". The Star Press. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Cardinals" New Name for Teams""". The Easterner. December 2, 1927. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Who wrote the Ball State School Songs". 

External links

  • Official website

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