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Friday, June 01, 2018 1:00 am

Local colleges

MAC announces football kickoff times

JOURNAL GAZETTE

The Mid-American Conference released an updated 2018 football schedule Thursday, featuring game times for the first three weeks of the regular season, several protected dates and midweek games in late October and November.

Highlighting the schedule are 16 games available nationally during the last month of the regular season, slated for ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN+, ESPN3 and CBS Sports Network as the MAC race unfolds in the East and West divisions.Ball State kicks off its football season at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Scheumann Stadium against Central Connecticut State. The opener will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Two other home game times were announced. Ball State's homecoming game against Eastern Michigan on Oct. 20 will be televised by ESPN+ and begin at 3 p.m. The home finale at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 vs. Western Michigan will be televised on ESPN2.

IU schedule

Indiana football announced kickoff times for seven of its games in the upcoming season Thursday. The Hoosiers will open the season Sept. 1 on the road against Florida International at 7 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.

One week later, on Sept. 8, the Hoosiers will host Virginia on the Big Ten Network at 7:30 p.m. They'll have a second home game in a row Sept. 15 against Ball State at noon on BTN.

The Hoosiers will play at 3:30 or 4 p.m. on Oct. 6 against Ohio State in Columbus and a week later, on Oct. 13, they'll host Iowa at noon on ABC or ESPN. After a home game against Penn State on Oct. 20 at a time to be announced, Indiana will travel to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

Tech hires men's soccer coach

John Dunn has been named the head coach of the Indiana Tech men's soccer team. Dunn comes to Fort Wayne after a nine-year stint as a player and coach at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, where he was the men's coach since 2015.

Athletes honored

Three Indiana Tech softball players – seniors Lauren Ohnesorge and Madison Ohnesorge, and junior Caitlyn Walter – were honored as Daktronics-NAIA scholar-athletes. ... The Indiana Tech women's golf team had seniors Jerika Bland and Breanna Post and juniors Katie Giant and Loren Kreider honored as NAIA scholar-athletes. ... Four Grace softball players were named to the NCCAA All-Region team: Sam Heim, Britney Young, Chandler Elliott and Hannah Herbster. Heim was also named NAIA/NFCA first team All-Region. ... Grace had five players honored as NAIA scholar-athletes: Elliott, Ashley Kleinbub, Emily Bobb, Kyleigh Garner and Paige Hlutke.