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Ball State greats Neu, Bishop to serve as honorary coaches

Ball State greats honorary coaches

Mike Neu and Blaine Bishop are coming back to Ball State.

Not as players. As coaches.

Neu and Bishop have been selected to serve as honorary coaches for the April 20 spring football game, coach Pete Lembo announced.

Bishop, who lettered for the Cardinals from 1990-92 as a defensive back, went on to play 10 years in the NFL. He played in the 2000 Super Bowl for Tennessee.

Neu, lettered at quarterback for Ball State from 1990-93 and led the Cardinals to the 1993 MAC championship. Neu was Ball State’s all-time leader with 6,221 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes.

He played professionally in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League before becoming coach of the year in both the AFL and AF2.

“We are thrilled to welcome two of Ball State’s legendary players back to campus,” Lembo said. “In 2011, we were honored to have coach Paul Schudel and coach Bill Lynch back on the sidelines. Now, we have two of the great players those head coaches had a chance to influence.

“It is important our current players get to know alumni like Mike and Blaine, because we want them to be engaged with the football program after they graduate as well.”

– Journal Gazette