Saturday, July 2, 2016

Clark Atlanta to be Featured in 2016 NCAA Division II Showcase

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- NCAA Division II today announced 18 of the 22 regular season football games that will be carried on ESPN3, WatchESPN and the American Sports Network, after the division entered a three-year agreement in 2015 to deliver DII athletics events.

The 22-game Division II Football Showcase is once again three times as many televised football games for Division II, compared to seven televised games in each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Clark Atlanta will host Tuskegee on Sept. 3 at 7:00 p.m. in a rematch of the 2015 season opener that CAU lost on the road. The Panthers will be appearing in a televised game for the second time in two seasons.

Of the 22-game slate announced by the NCAA, 18 games have been predetermined. An additional four flex games (two per network) will be finalized later in the football season and played November 5 and November 12. The flex games are expected to highlight premier and pivotal matchups.

However, fans won't need to wait long to watch exciting Division II football. The 36 teams highlighted in the current 2016 TV schedule combined for 272 wins and just 121 losses for a .692 winning percentage. Of those teams, 17 appeared in the Division II playoffs and 14 finished the season ranked in the top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll.

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through WatchESPN. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

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FULL SCHEDULE (all times are EST)

Thursday, Sept. 1 (9 pm) – CSU-Pueblo at Colorado School of Mines (ESPN3)
Saturday, Sept. 3 (7 pm) – Tuskegee University at Clark Atlanta University (ASN)
Saturday, Sept. 10 (7 pm) – SW Minnesota St. Univ. at Northern St. Univ. (ESPN3)
Saturday, Sept. 10 (7 pm) – Henderson State Univ. at East Central Univ. (ASN)
Saturday, Sept. 17 (7 pm) – Valdosta State Univ. at Univ. of North Alabama (ASN)
Sat., Sept. 17 at (8 pm) – W. Texas A&M at Univ. of Texas-Permian Basin (ESPN3)
Saturday, Sept. 24 (3 pm) – Central State vs. Kentucky State (ESPN3)
Saturday, Sept. 24 (3:30 pm) – Ashland University at Ferris State University (ASN)
Saturday, Oct. 1 (6 pm) – Catawba College at Newberry College (ESPN3)
Saturday, Oct. 1 (7 pm) – Florida Tech at University of West Florida (ASN)
Saturday, Oct. 8 at (12 noon) – Glenville State College at Shepherd University (ASN)
Saturday, Oct. 8 (8 pm) – Midwestern State Univ. at Texas A&M-Commerce (ESPN3)
Saturday, Oct. 15 (6 pm) – University of New Haven at Stonehill College (ESPN3)
Saturday, Oct. 15 (7 pm) – Kutztown University at East Stroudsburg Univ. (ASN)
Saturday, Oct. 22 (1 pm) – Bowie State Univ. at Virginia Union Univ. (ESPN3)
Saturday, Oct. 22 (3:30 pm) – Humboldt State at Western Oregon (ASN)
Saturday, Oct. 29 (3:30 pm) – Pittsburg State at Northwest Missouri State (ASN)
Saturday, Oct. 29 (6 pm) – William Jewell College at Univ. of Indianapolis (ESPN3)
Saturday, Nov. 5 – TBD
Saturday, Nov. 12 – TBD


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