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And Then There Were…

August 30, 2015
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….six days left.

One Week….

August 29, 2015
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…left to go until the EMU defense stops Old Dominion.

Almost….

August 28, 2015
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…one week left…but not quite.

Number….

August 27, 2015
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….nine…Number nine…

Down To…

August 26, 2015
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…only needing two hands to count the days until Reggie Bell lights up the scoreboard.

A Good Number…

August 25, 2015
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….of days left, if you were playing craps.

Only….

August 24, 2015
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…12 more days until we see a quarterback in action.

An Unlucky…

August 23, 2015
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….13 days left.

Two Weeks To Go…

August 22, 2015
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…until football comes back to Rynearson.

2015 Know Your Foe: Ball State Cardinals

August 21, 2015

As the 2015 football season approaches, it’s time to take a look at EMU’s opponents for the fall.

As a MAC West opponent, the Ball State Cardinals are fairly familiar to most EMU fans. Unfortunately, due to that familiarity, I realized I’d never written a proper Know-Your-Foe for them. Let’s rectify that…

Ball State University

Built in 1899, the Bracken Administration Building is the oldest building on Ball State's campus.

Built in 1899, the Bracken Administration Building is the oldest building on Ball State’s campus.

The early history of Ball State University of is one of failure. Beginning in 1876, the Eastern Indiana Normal School operated in what is now the Bracken Administration Building, charging tuition of $10 per year. In 1901, that school closed due to lack of funding.

The school reopened in 1902 as Palmer University, in honor of a $100,000 donation from retired banker Francis Palmer. One year after ditching Palmer’s name to become Indiana Normal College, the school again closed due to falling enrollment and funding issues.

After five years vacant, a group of local investors reopened the school in 1912 as the Indiana Normal Institute. Although enrollment was better, the finances were unimproved, and the institute was forced to close five years later when the school defaulted on its mortgage and the Muncie Trust Company foreclosed on the property. Read more…