Pete Lembo is coming over from FCS D1-AA Elon out of North Carolina where he led them to their very first playoff appearance in 2009. Ball State had Stan Parrish as the head coach for a brief two years. Before that, Brady Hoke went 34-39, though he did go 12-0 before finishing up at 12-2 in his final season. He moved on to take the San Diego State job and of course is now at Michigan.
These Cardinals out of Muncie had a tough go around last year at just 4-8. Seventeen starters return in what is without a shadow of doubt the toughest overall schedule of any MAC team.
They open up with the Indiana Hoosiers before they must travel to Tampa against the USF Bulls. A few weeks later, they must go to Norman to get beaten by the mighty Boomer Sooners who are 58-2 at home.