Ball State Head Coach Michael Lewis discusses taking over the Cardinal program, NIL changing the college landscape, and IU Transfer Payton Sparks

Jasper - Jasper Alumni and Ball State Cardinals Men's Basketball Head Coach Michael Lewis joined Sports Director Kris Norton to cover a variety of topics.

Ball State HC Michael Lewis on taking over the Cardinal program: "I think when we first walked in, we saw a group of guys with a strong desire to win, but just didn't know how to go about that...Winning plays to winning behaviors to successful habits" 

On effort: "We didn't have to coach effort on many days. If you can focus and coach basketball, and try to teach basketball, instead of trying to rev guys up and to coach effort, I think you've got a chance to get better both individually and as a team."

Lewis on NIL, changing landscape: "I think the days of taking over a program and building your program, and recruiting to a style of play are long gone... More or less you're constructing a roster each season." 

On Payton Sparks transferring to Indiana to play at Lewis' alma mater: "He's going to walk through the door as the best person in the program. He's an unbelievable human being, great kid, loved coaching him this year... Just a really good person."

The full interview is available below: