Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports is reporting that New Orleans Saints' quarterbacks coach Mike Neu will be Ball State's next head football coach.
#Saints QB coach Mike Neu is expected to become the new #BallState head coach, source told @FoxSports.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 6, 2016
Neu is a graduate of Ball State, and played quarterback for the Cardinals in the early 90's. He played professional football in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League, and served as the head coach of the Augusta Stallions of Arena Football League 2. He also coached the New Orleans VooDoo and the Carolina Cobras, of the AFL.
SOURCE: #Saints assistant Mike Neu expected to become #BallState head coach - @FoxSports report: https://t.co/mf1hmJwrUg— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 6, 2016
Neu's history in New Orleans is long. Besides coaching the VooDoo, he was the offensive coordinator at Tulane from 2012-13, and has been the Saints quarterbacks coach since 2014. In his time at Tulane, the Green Wave made their first bowl appearance since 2002, and finished 7-6 on the year, losing the New Orleans Bowl to Louisana-Lafayette, 24-21.
The 45-year old served as a graduate assistant for the Cardinals in 1994, and his first coaching job came with the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League in 1998.
He was the MAC's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 1993 and his pro career lasted only one year with the Orlando Predators (AFL). In 2004, Neu became AFL's Coach of the Year in with the VooDoo.
Once a MAC Player of the Year (1993), Neu's collegiate career is recognized for finishing with 6,000 yards passing and 43 touchdowns in his playing career at Ball State, and has been inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame.