Ball State Cardinals
University Ball State University
Conference(s) MAC
NCAA Division I
Athletics 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
Colors Cardinal and White


Ball State competes in the following NCAA sports[1]
Men's sports Women's sports
Sport Division Sport Division
BasketballIMAC BasketballIMAC
SwimmingIMAC SwimmingIMAC
TennisIMAC TennisIMAC
VolleyballIMIVA VolleyballIMAC
BaseballIMAC SoftballIMAC
FootBallIMAC SoccerIMAC
Field hockeyIMAC
Indoor Track & FieldIMAC
Outdoor Track & FieldIMAC
Cross countryIMAC

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.

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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.[1] 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 Tulsa University in the GMAC Bowl on January 6, 2009 by a score of 45-13.

All-Time Win-Loss Record as of 2011Edit

  • 426-378-32

Conference ChampionshipsEdit

Indiana Intercollegiate ConferenceEdit

  • 1942

Heartland Collegiate ConferenceEdit

  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 1966
  • 1967

Mid-American ConferenceEdit

  • 1976
  • 1978
  • 1989
  • 1993
  • 1996

Bowl gamesEdit

The Cardinals have gone to six Division I bowl games. They have an 0-6 record in these games being outscored by a total score of 222-114.

Date PlayedBowl GameWinning TeamLosing Team
December 9, 1989California BowlFresno State27Ball State6
December 17, 1993Las Vegas BowlUtah State42Ball State33
December 18, 1996Las Vegas BowlNevada18Ball State15
January 5, 2008International BowlRutgers52Ball State30
January 6, 2009GMAC BowlTulsa45Ball State13
December 21, 20122012 Beef 'O' Brady's BowlUCF38Ball State17

Men's basketballEdit

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

2011-2012 Men's Basketball Coaches:

James Whitford - Head Coach


Bob Simmons- Associate Head Coach

Mitch Gilfillan- Assistant Coach

Jay Newberry- Assistant Coach

Mickey Hosier- Director of Basketball Operations

Michael Bennett- Video Coordinator

2011-2012 Statistics

Women's basketballEdit

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[2] On May 12, 2012, Brady Sallee, the former coach at Eastern Illinois University, was named the eleventh head coach in the program's history.[3]


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".[4]

Fight Song Edit

The Ball State fight song was written by Carl Hofer in 1930. [5]

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 alsoEdit


External linksEdit

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