In 2008, Ball State football went a perfect 12-0 in the regular season, launching itself into the conversation for a spot in one of the most coveted bowl games in college football: the Bowl Championship Series.At the time, no Mid-American Conference school had ever played in a BCS game, and Ball State was riding high at No. 12 in the country, entering the conference championship game against a 7-5 Buffalo team.While Ball State was the favorite entering the game, a single 42-24 loss dropped the Cardinals down 10 spots in the NCAA rankings and landed them a spot in the GMAC Bowl, where it lost to Tulsa by 32 points.It is hard for mid-major schools to compare themselves with these Power Five goliaths, but reaching national prominence remains their goal.“Most of what we enjoy most about Division I athletics is that we’re playing at the highest level,” Ball State Athletic Director Mark Sandy said.
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In January, Ball State linebacker coach Johnny Curtis was the football team's defensive coordinator and baseball team's head coach at John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, Louisiana.
After former Ball State wide receiver Jordan Williams graduated in the fall, a lot of pressure was put on the receiving core to see who would step up as the next leader.
Ball State football’s annual Spring Game had eight touchdowns and no score on a cloudless afternoon in Scheumann Stadium.The 0-0 finish was the result of contest between the offensive and defensive units.
Ball State football will take the field in a game situation for the first time since November 24, 2015.
Each year, Ball State football announces two honorary captains for its annual Spring Football Game.
Ryan Diem leans against the fence along the visitor's sideline at Scheumann Stadium April 19. He holds a bag of Bigs Sea Salt & Black Pepper sunflower seeds in one hand and an empty Dasani water bottle for the shells in the other, spitting occasionally.
When the Ball State football team went into the locker room after practice, junior transfer defensive lineman John Swisher stayed outside, practicing on the tackling dummy.Swisher and sophomore Kevin Thurmon, two of the nine defensive linemen on the roster, were getting extra reps.“There’s a lot of good defensive tackles here. … I’m just trying to get my stride in the spring,” Swisher said.
Ball State football players each had the opportunity to impress 17 different talent scouts from the NFL and Canadian Football League during their Pro Day March 24.
Ball State football's second spring practice has been moved to March 25 after forecasts of afternoon thunderstorms.Originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on March 24, Friday's practice will start at the same time.
The Ball State football team, along with new head coach Mike Neu, met at Scheumann Stadium on March 22 for its first spring practice.
Ball State football returns to action March 22 as the Cardinals have the first of their scheduled spring practices.The Cardinals will be in Scheumann Stadium on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 3:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays beginning at 9:25 a.m.
Ball State football released its 2016 schedule Monday.The Cardinals will play five home games and seven road games, including at Indiana University on Sept.
While there has not been an official announcement made by the Indianapolis Colts, it appears Jonathan Newsome has been dropped from the team's roster via Newsome's Twitter account.Last week he was arrested on a marijuana possession charge last week.Newsome, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, thanked the Colts organization via Twitter for the opportunity.The former Cardinal linebacker also thanked Colts fans via Twitter as well.Signed in 2014, Newsome received a $178,108 signing bonus to go along with his four-year, nearly $2.4 million contract.Newsome spent two seasons with the Colts.
Former Ball State football player and current Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jonathan Newsome was arrested on possession of marijuana charges.According to fox59.com, police arrived at Newsome's apartment around 2 a.m.
Several Ball State alumni on NFL and Canadian Football League rosters said they look forward to Cardinal head coach Mike Neu’s plans for the program.
Former Cardinal defensive end and linebacker Keith McKenzie was hired to be Ball State’s defensive line coach today.McKenzie played linebacker and defensive end for the Cardinals from 1991-95 and still holds the record for sacks in a career with 25.
Ready for the big game on Sunday? The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos take the field at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday in San Francisco for the 50th Super Bowl. No matter who you're rooting for, or who you think will win the game, up the stakes a little with our Super Bowl Bingo drinking game.
After the 2014-2015 season, the Cardinals ended up with a 5-7 record. Following a strong draft class with retaining key players on both sides of the ball, many expected them to push for a bowl game.
National Signing Day featured 22 new athletes from eight different states Ball State football. Here is an interactive map of the newest members of the Ball State Cardinals.