Ball State gives Pete Lembo $79,000 raise

Pete Lembo is 25-13 in three seasons at Ball State. (USATSI)
Pete Lembo is 25-13 in three seasons at Ball State. (USATSI)
After another successful season at Ball State -- a 10-2 regular season, 7-1 MAC record, and berth in the GoDaddy Bowl -- many expected Pete Lembo to land a larger-profile job on the 2013-2014 coaching carousel.

But Lembo's still in Muncie, and so it's no surprise that the Cardinal administration has rewarded his work in making BSU one of the strongest programs in the MAC. Per the Associated Press, Ball State announced a five-year contract extension for Lembo Thursday that will raise his annual salary by $79,000 to $475,000.

CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman reported the extension Thursday, citing sources that said the deal would make Lembo the highest-paid coach in the MAC. According to USA Today, the $475,000 figure would make Lembo the second-highest paid coach in the MAC, behind Ohio's Frank Solich.

Lembo has also received the title of Ball State associate athletic director. 

Lembo arrived from FCS Elon at a Cardinal program that had gone 6-18 in two seasons under Stan Parrish, then went 6-6 his first season. He has won 19 games the past two seasons, taking the Cardinals to two bowl games.

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