Ball State fires football coach

MUNCIE, Ind., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Stan Parrish was fired Wednesday as head coach of the Ball State football program in Ohio.

The Cardinals just wrapped up a 4-8 season, winning two of their last three games but falling 59-21 to Northern Illinois last Saturday. It was the second consecutive losing season at Ball State.


"As we evaluated the on-field performance and the football program in its entirety, we decided it was time for a change in direction in the leadership of the program," Ball State Athletic Director Tom Collins said.

"We have been impressed with the way our student-athletes have carried themselves this season. We have quality student-athletes, and they have continued to battle through a challenging season. We wish Coach Parrish the best as he pursues other opportunities."

The coaching change comes about 23 months after Parrish was promoted to head coach after four years as a Ball State assistant. The Ball State position was his fourth head coaching job, coming after stints at Wabash (42-3-1), Marshall (13-8-1) and Kansas State (2-30-1). He was 6-19 at Ball State.

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