Ball State Cardinals

The Ball State Cardinals are the athletic teams that represent Ball State University, located in Muncie, Indiana. The Cardinals are part of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. Charlie Cardinal is the team mascot.

Ball State Cardinals
UniversityBall State University
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorBeth Goetz
LocationMuncie, Indiana
Varsity teams18
Football stadiumScheumann Stadium
Basketball arenaWorthen Arena
Baseball stadiumBall Diamond
MascotCharlie Cardinal
Fight songFight, Team, Fight
ColorsCardinal and White[1]

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.


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".[2]

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
BasketballCross country
FootballField hockey
Swimming & divingGymnastics
Swimming & diving
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

A member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Ball State sponsors teams in seven men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[3] The men's volleyball team is a member of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.


The Ball State Cardinals football team competes in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference. The current head coach is Mike Neu. [4] 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 12-0 and a conference record of 8-0. 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.

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 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
January 5, 20142014 GoDaddy BowlArkansas State23Ball State20

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[5] On May 12, 2012, Brady Sallee, the former coach at Eastern Illinois University, was named the eleventh head coach in the program's history.[6]


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's softball team has appeared in two Women's College World Series, in 1973 and 1975.[7]

Fight song

The Ball State fight song was written by Carl Hofer in 1930.[8]


  1. "Brand Colors - Ball State University". Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  2. ""Cardinals" New Name for Teams". The Easterner. December 2, 1927. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  3. "(Cardinal logo) Ball State Cardinals". Ball State University. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  4. "Ball State Athletics". Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  5. St. Myer, Thomas (March 21, 2012). "Kelly Packard resigns as Ball State women's basketball coach". The Star Press.
  6. "Brady Sallee Named Head Women's Basketball Coach - Ball State University Athletics".
  7. Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
  8. "Who wrote the Ball State School Songs".

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