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Hustle Belt Hall of Fame Nominations: Ball State Cardinals

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Where you get the chance to make sure we put the right people up for the vote

They say the summer time is a slow time for the sports world. Slow? Maybe. But it’s also a good time to do some things that perhaps we (and ultimately, you) don’t have time for through the hustle and bustle of the sports calendar year. So in that accord, we’re happy to be undertaking a bit of a project this summer where the best and brightest of the Mid-American Conference gets recognized forever in the hallowed halls of Hustle Belt, the web’s premier home for MACtion and all things MACtion-related, in the newly crafted Hustle Belt Hall of Fame.

Here’s how the Hall of Fame works:

  1. Some info and the schedule for the Hall of Fame can be found here.
  2. Nominations are solicited from the community via a post just like this one for each of our MAC programs.
  3. After all MAC programs’ nominations, no more than 10 nominees are put forward for each school and a poll is created.
  4. The top two vote getters in each school’s poll is inducted into the Hustle Hall of Fame. Simple.

Next up is the Ball State Cardinals!

I’m obviously biased as a Ball State alum, but I think a case could certainly be made that there’s another equally impressive Cradle of Coaches happening in Muncie. Several program-defining head coaches make up our BSU list, and it’s even more special when you consider that many played and coached also at BSU. We also have significant achievers in the college and professional ranks and more than a few from the women’s sports. Our initial list of nominees are:

  • Blaine Bishop, football
  • Tamara Bowie, basketball
  • Bryan Bullington, baseball
  • Karen Fitzpatrick, field hockey
  • Emma Jones, basketball
  • Ray McCallum, basketball
  • Mike Neu, football
  • Sally Northcroft, field hockey
  • Bernie Parmalee, football
  • Don Shondell, volleyball
  • Shafer Suggs, football
  • Bonzi Wells, basketball

Of course, our nominations above are the best we could do, but we are far from the expert that you likely are. So, we’re asking fans like you to tell us who we may have missed (or who shouldn’t be in there) in the comment section below. Do your best, and don’t worry... it’s only for an immortal award.

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