Kent State football announces 2014 MAC opponents, non-conference schedule

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Record-Courier staff report

The Kent State football program announced its Mid-American Conference opponents and non-conference dates for the 2014 football season on Monday.

In total, the Golden Flashes will play six of their 14 games at Dix Stadium, with four of those matchups coming against league teams.

Dates and kickoff times will be released at a later date, but KSU announced that East Division contests to be played in Kent will feature arch-rival Akron, UMass and Ohio.

It will be UMass' first-ever trip to Kent for football.

In one of two crossover games with the West Division, Toledo will return to Dix Stadium for the first time since 2006.

In its other battle with the West, Kent State will head to DeKalb to take on Northern Illinois. The Flashes will also visit Miami, Bowling Green and Buffalo.

Kent State's season opener has yet to be released, but game No. 2 in 2014 will be at Dix Stadium when the Flashes host South Alabama on Sept. 6.

The following weekend, Saturday, Sept. 13, KSU will travel to The Horseshoe in Columbus to face the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Two weeks later on Sept. 27, Virginia will host Kent State in a first-time meeting between the two schools. Lastly, KSU's fourth non-conference game will be played in Kent against Army on Oct. 18.

Hoosiers hire Brian Knorr as new defensive coordinator

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana has hired Brian Knorr as its new defensive coordinator.

He replaces the recently fired Doug Mallory. Indiana set a Big Ten record in 2013 for yards allowed in league games and a school record for points allowed per game.

Knorr spent the past six seasons on Wake Forest's coaching staff, the last three as defensive coordinator. In 2011, he switched to a 3-4 defensive front and the Demon Deacons improved in every defensive category.

Before joining Wake Forest, he was at Air Force for the second of his three-year stints at his alma mater.

Knorr graduated from the military academy in 1986.

The former college quarterback has coached offense, defense and special teams in his 23-year coaching career. He also was Ohio University's head coach from 2001-04.

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