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Jay Steilberg Steps Down From BSU

Jay Steilberg... once a Card, always a Card

Most fans of a program are aware of the head coach, the star players, and the household names that make up a program. What gets lost in that shuffle for the casual observer and is really only noted by the extremely vested fan are the folks further down the coaching tree or those in the administration of the Athletics Department. Oftentimes, those folks are really the meat and potatoes to making the program run. Whether it be coordinating visits, sending out mass mailings, or simply ensuring that the program has what it needs to function, those folks are the unsung heroes amidst the staff. Consider Ball State’s Jay Steilberg to be one of those folks. After today, however, Steilberg is a former unsung hero as he has resigned from his position as Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations with the Cardinals.

In this exclusive report, OTP reached out to Steilberg and he had this to say to Cardinal fans:

I have resigned to take a position with National Collegiate Scouting Association as a national collegiate scout. It was a very difficult decision to step away from a program that I’ve put my heart and soul and many hours of work into over the last eight years. I truly believe with all my heart that Ball State could be the premiere football program in the conference and could play on a national stage every year as it did in 2008. Unfortunately I don’t think the administration shares my enthusiasm for the program. I wish all the best to the players and fans of the Cardinal program and want to thank them for a great eight years. I will always cherish the memory of seeing the field rushed by fans as we completed our perfect regular season by beating WMU on ESPN and looking at the national rankings with the Cardinals right up there with the best in the nation. This can and should be an annual event. Things have changed and its best for everyone that I take this great opportunity for my career.

Since 2003 Steilberg has had an intricate hand in shaping the Cardinal program and being a part of one of the greatest athletic resurrections in school history. OTP, and hopefully the rest of Cardinal Nation, wishes Jay well as he pursues this opportunity with the National Collegiate Scouting Association. And of course, you’re welcome for the field storming. It really was the least we could do. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get my resume ready.

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2 Responses

  1. Very well written for a man who deserves it. Jay has been intricate in thia program. Unfortunately the new coaching staff, mainly lembo, and jay did not see eye to eye, and jay knows how this program has been run by the best, and should be run to be the best. Honestly, some bad
    Decisions may come from not having jay on the budgeting of this program. I can see players and the program losing status because of budget cuts from not having someone around who knows what they are doing

  2. I think it’s important to keep in mind that while Coach Steilberg did oversee the administration of the program under the Hoke years, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. In many positions and opportunities, sometimes a change of approach and a fresh perspective can be a good thing. Coach has said nothing to me to indicate it was coaching related. I didn’t explore his comments further, but I take them as more of a far above Pete Lembo sort of attitude, not a Lembo specific issue. Just my opinion, though.

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