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Braxton Miller told Buckeyes AD he's staying at Ohio State

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Braxton Miller told Buckeyes AD he's staying at Ohio State

Plenty of speculation has swirled all offseason long that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller might transfer away from Columbus, despite the fact that head coach Urban Meyer keeps asserting that he's going to be a Buckeye come fall.

Well, add another voice to those who insist Miller is sticking around.

Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith told the website Eleven Warriors that Miller told him that the senior QB won't be going anywhere.

"My conversation with him was well before spring ball. He's working out in the weight room and we got into a conversation and I just asked him, I said, 'You good? All these rumors out there, you good? You need some help if you want to transfer?'" Smith told Eleven Warriors. "He said, 'Mr. Smith, I'm not going anywhere. I love it here.'"

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Many believe Miller could transfer because of the high-profile quarterback competition that's going to be the focus of the college football world this summer. Miller was a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year before missing all of last season with a shoulder injury. J.T. Barrett took over and was fantastic for the Buckeyes, breaking a ton of school and conference records and leading Ohio State to a 11-1 regular-season record. But then Barrett injured his ankle in the regular-season finale, meaning a third quarterback, Cardale Jones, took over for the postseason, and all Jones did was lead the Buckeyes to wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon en route to a national championship.

It all makes for an intense competition between three guys who could all start at most any other school in America. That fact has led many to realize that Miller, who has earned his degree, could transfer and be immediately eligible to start at a number of other places.

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But Meyer has insisted all along — Eleven Warriors pointed out that Miller hasn't spoken to the media since August — that Miller's intention is to stay.

Miller was still in recovery mode from a torn labrum in his shoulder and didn't play in Ohio State's spring game. Barrett was similarly still recovering from his ankle injury and did not play in the spring game, meaning that there hasn't been much headway made in who will start for the Buckeyes come the Sept. 7 opener at Virginia Tech.

But, if Smith's feeling is correct, Miller will be a part of that competition.

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.