Local Sports Headlines: July 1, 2022

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UCLA and USC approved to join Big Ten Conference in 2024
The Big Ten Conference voted and approved Thursday to have UCLA and USC join the league in 2024 as the Southern California are leaving the Pac-12. The addition of USC and UCLA would give the Big Ten 16 schools and a national reach with members on both coasts and just about everywhere in between.  It would also add the number two in the nation Southern California media market to the league portfolio. The Big Ten’s name has been a misnomer since 1990 when Penn State joined the league.  Since then, Nebraska (2011), Maryland (2014) and Rutgers (2014) have also joined. In 1899 Indiana became the eighth school to join the league formerly known as the Western Conference. Multiple reports on Thursday are suggesting that this is only the first of multiple rounds of expansion involving the Big Ten.

The move appears to be in response to the SEC’s annexation of Texas and Oklahoma as conferences continue to expand in both members and geographic reach.  And with that comes more bargaining power. Texas and Oklahoma are joining the SEC in 2025 which will bring the league to 16 Teams and the Big 12 is replacing them with BYU, Central Florida Cincinnati and Houston in 2023. The Big Ten is in the process of negotiating its next round of TV contracts.  Those deals were already expected to bring the league $1 billion per year before the addition of USC and UCLA.

Indiana University Football picks up 2023 commitment from Texas Kicker Nicolas Radicic
Indiana has added a kicker on scholarship to its 2023 class with the addition of Texas based Nicolas Radicic. The Coppell, Texas (Coppell H.S.) product is rated as a 5-star kicker and he will participate in the 2023 Army All-American bowl. Radicic recently attended the Kohl’s May 2022 Texas Showcase Camp. Radicic also had an offer from Air Force to go with several other opportunities to join Power Five programs. He is the sixth addition to Indiana’s 2023 class and third player to commit this week.

Indiana University Men’s Basketball to play Elon at Simon Skjdot Assembly Hall in December
The components of Indiana’s 2022-23 Men’s Basketball nonconference schedule continue to leak out. With a report by Rocco Miller that the Hoosiers will face Elon as part of the upcoming season. According to Miller’s report, the game will be played in December at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. This will be the first ever meeting between Indiana and Elon. Nine of Indiana’s 11 scheduled Non-Conference Games are confirmed.

Hailing from the Colonial Athletic Conference, Elon finished the 2021-22 season ranked No. 247 at KenPom with a 10-22 record.  They were led last season by former IU basketball manager Mike Schrage.  He left that role to become a special assistant to new Duke head coach Jon Scheyer. In Schrage’s place at Elon is new head coach Billy Taylor, a Notre Dame alumnus and former Ball State head coach.  He’ll know Indiana well after spending the last three seasons as an assistant under Fran McCaffery at Iowa. Seven Elon players and six of the top-seven scorers from 2021-22 put their name in the transfer portal following the season.

Indiana University Cross Country announces 2022 schedule
Indiana University Cross Country announced the 2022 competition schedule on Thursday morning. The slate includes three road races and two home meets. To kick off the fall season, the Hoosiers travel to Miami Ohio for the Redhawk Rumble on Saturday September 3rd.

The first home meet of the season will be on Friday September 16th. The Coaching Tree Invitational meet will feature teams that are currently coached by individuals Head Coach Ron Helmer coached or individuals who coached with him during his career. This meet could include schools such as Illinois, Northern Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Columbia, Georgetown, Villanova, George Washington, Elon, Ohio, Miami of Ohio, and Wabash.
 
Next, Indiana will travel to Lehigh for the Paul Short Invite on Friday September 30. After Lehigh, the Hoosiers head to Madison, Wisconsin as they compete in the annual Nuttycombe Invite. The race is slated for Friday October 14. The regular season ends at home on Friday November 4 as they host the Hoosier Invitational. Michigan is set to host the 2022 Big Ten Cross Country Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan The championships will be held on Friday, October 28th.
 
Switching to the NCAA slate, the Great Lakes Regional will be hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. on November 11th. The 2022 NCAA Cross Country Championships are set for Stillwater, Oklhoma. on Saturday, November 19th.
 
2022 Indiana Cross Country Schedule
Saturday          September 3               Redhawk Rumble                              Miami, Ohio
Friday              September 16             Coaching Tree Invitational                 Bloomington, Ind.
Friday              September 30             Paul Short Invite                                Bethlehem, Pa.
Friday              October 14                  Nuttycombe Invite                              Madison, Wisc.
Friday              October 28                  Big Ten Championships                     Ann Arbor, Mich.
Friday              November 4                Hoosier Invitational                            Bloomington, Ind.
Friday              November 11              Great Lakes Regional                        Terre Haute, Ind.
Saturday          November 19              NCAA Championships                       Stillwater, Okla.

Indianapolis Indians Coverage

Indians Fall at Nashville

A pair of four-run innings erased an early 4-0 lead by the Indianapolis Indians to give the Nashville Sounds a win in the second game of the six-game series on Wednesday night, 8-5. The Indians (36-36) scored three runs in the second inning and one in the third before Nashville (44-29) could get on the board. After Jared Oliva robbed Pablo Reyes of a home run to center field in the first inning, an RBI single by Taylor Davis and back-to-back run-scoring groundouts put Indy up, 3-0. The lead was then extended on Rodolfo Castro’s seventh home run of the season to lead off the third inning.

A leadoff walk and subsequent triple sparked the Sounds’ comeback. Two runs scored without an out being recorded in the bottom of the fourth, and a two-out, two-run homer off the bat of Reyes tied the game at 4-4. Another leadoff walk to begin the seventh, this time at the hands of Hunter Stratton (L, 1-4), and three RBI singles broke the tie and gave Nashville an 8-4 lead. Cal Mitchell and Taylor Davis each led the Indians offense with three hits apiece. Davis roped a ground-rule, RBI double to plate the final Indianapolis run in the eighth off Luke Barker (W, 5-0). Peter Strzelecki (S, 2) fanned three of four total batters faced to close out the win.

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