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                 === Ball State extends Lembo through 2018 ===
 Muncie, IN ( - Ball State has given head football coach Pete
 Lembo a contract extension through the 2018 season.
 The  school also  announced Thursday that it added associate athletic director
 to Lembo's title.
 Lembo,  hired in December  of 2010, has led the Cardinals to a 25-13 record in
 three  seasons at  the helm. His original four-year contract was set to expire
 after next season, although it contained a fifth-year school option.
 "Since I arrived at Ball State, I have spoken of our coaches building programs
 the  right  way to  achieve sustained success,"  athletic director Bill Scholl
 said in a statement.
 "This  contract extension  recognizes the exemplary work Pete has accomplished
 over  the past  three years and the direction our football program is heading.
 Our  record  has improved  every year in  his tenure and  the culture Pete has
 created within his program is one of the best in the conference."
 Scholl said the deal came with "the unwavering support" of the administration.
 The Cardinals went 10-3 this past season and have made back-to-back bowl games
 for  only the second  time in program history. The 10 victories in 2013 marked
 only  the third time in school history the football team has won 10 games in a
 single season.
 03/21 00:17:29 ET

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