Variety of states define college football's union

As required by the ESPN Constitution, Ivan Maisel delivers his address on the state of 'ball in 'Ball State.

Updated: August 11, 2006, 4:49 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

As required by the ESPN Constitution, we must report once a year upon the state of the game across this land, hereafter referred to as 'Ball State. That should not be confused with the MAC West school in Indiana, the state of which, with 20 starters returning to a team that started 1-6 and finished 4-7, is promising.

No, we shall report on the state of 'ball in 'Ball State, the union of schools that stretches from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters, from Alumni Stadium in the ...

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