Monday morning notes and thoughts (Flanigan wins debut)

Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning delivers the ball during a win over Army during the 2012 season in West Point, N.Y. (Associated Press/Mike Groll)

The MAC call was this morning, when I jumped on to pick up some material from Ball State head coach Paul Lembo.

The Cardinals are 2-0 after beating Army.

Lembo had a few interesting things to say that I will use in the paper in the next few days, but I thought one point he made this morning is a good one to kick off the week.

Lembo mentioned that teams usually improve most from the first week of the season to the second. With Ball State facing Army in week two, that old adage essentially didn’t apply. The Cardinals had to get away from their usual preparations to get ready to play an option team and an offense that is different than anything they will see the rest of the year.

Ball State could take that usual week two jump heading into its game against UNT.

Cardinals quarterback Keith Wenning is already in top form, having thrown for 665 yards, a total that ranks ninth in college football after two weeks.

Lembo was very complimentary of UNT.

“This is a group that is on the same page as far as what they are doing,” Lembo said. “They have grown since last year.”

And in a side note, one of UNT’s former assistant coaches won his debut game as a head coach over the weekend. Ramon Flanigan, one of our old favorites and the Mean Green’s offensive coordinator during the miracle bowl run of the early-to-mid 2000s led Lincoln to a 33-28 win over Cheyney on Saturday.

I will be back with notes and thoughts from Dan McCarney’s press conference later today.

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