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If you caught any of Ball State's dominant win over Central Michigan last night, you realize that Pete Lembo and his staff are building something special in Muncie, Indiana.

In anticipation of next week's huge match up with Northern Illinois (in DeKalb, IL) ESPN writer and former Ball State player Jason Whitlock reached out to Ball State officials asking how he could help fund a trip for students to make the trip. According to The Star Press, Whitlock made a $5,000 donation and then contacted Michigan head coach Brady Hoke's wife Laura, asking them to match the donation.

As alums of Ball State, and with Hoke's past coaching success with the Cardinals (most notably a 12-1 finish back in 2008), they happily matched the donation.

With the donations, Ball State has secured five buses for the Wednesday road trip that will include the game ticket and room for 200 students with two meals included.

Classy move by both Whitlock, and Brady and Laura Hoke.

Ball State brings a 9-1 record into the game, while the Huskies of Northern Illinois bring a perfect 10-0 record into the meeting looking to make a case for their second BCS bowl trip.

It goes without saying that you should make sure you leave next Wednesday night open. MAC match ups like this is precisely why the conference proudly bears the MACtion nickname.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.