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Is Badgers' Bo Ryan reconsidering retiring after 2015-16 season?

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Is Badgers' Bo Ryan reconsidering retiring after 2015-16 season?

The 2015-16 season is supposed to be the Bo Ryan farewell tour.

But it will it be?

According to a report from PostCrescent.com, which spoke with Ryan at a charity event in Kaukauna, Wisc., the Badgers head coach is leaving the door open for his career to continue past the upcoming campaign.

“Everybody kind of thinks they know when they’re ready to retire, or step aside. I’m not totally sure," Ryan said. "(Wisconsin athletics director) Barry (Alvarez) said I could change my mind at any time. I haven’t submitted any papers yet. I haven’t submitted anything.

“I just wanted to get it out there that I’m not going to be able to do this forever. But who can say one year? Who can say that? I simply cut to the chase by saying I’ll do another year, and we’ll see what happens in the next number of months."

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Ryan announced his retirement at the end of June, saying that this upcoming season would be his last and asking that assistant Greg Gard take over as head coach.

Ryan has spent the past 15 seasons coaching the Badgers after a short stint at UW-Milwaukee and a legendary tenure at UW-Platteville during which he won four Division-III national championships.

In the past two seasons, he took the Badgers to arguably the highest point the program's ever seen, reaching back-to-back Final Fours and finishing as the national runners-up last season.

But as for 2015-16 being his final campaign with the Badgers, things just became a lot more uncertain.

“Well, I’m not sure (about coaching one final season). I’m like a lot of other people who when they get to this stage in their career, who knows when the right time is? I was just trying to be up front and out in the open," Ryan told PostCrescent.com. "But I wouldn’t be the first guy in the country that ever thought about retirement and then changed their mind. I’m not doing anything revolutionary here.”

 

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

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Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

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Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.