Guard Jeff Williams drives to the next in the 1981 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament First Round vs. Boston College on Mar 13, 1981 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Cardinals would fall to the Golden Eagles, 93-90. DMR
Get Some MACtion: Ball State 10th school to join Mid-American Conference
After the Conference of Midwestern Universities (CMU) disbanded in 1972, the Ball State Cardinals were left without a home.
That season the Cardinals were independent from an athletic conference, competing without a set conference schedule. Then, on May 22, 1973, the future of athletics changed as Ball State would soon become part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
The Cardinals were becoming a part of a conference that held a prestigious reputation in the sporting world, unlike the CMU, according to a 1973 Daily News article by Fred Blevins.