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Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott apologizes for blasting play-calling in Saturday's loss


Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott apologizes for blasting play-calling in Saturday's loss

Ezekiel Elliott made waves after Saturday's loss to Michigan State when he blasted Ohio State coaches for their play-calling and not getting him the ball more.

Two days after the heat of the moment, Elliott apologized.

"I am sorry for all those offended by the statements made by me Saturday after our loss," Elliott posted on Twitter. "My intentions were not to point fingers at anyone for our failure. I was caught up in emotions. I hope everyone can understand how strongly I love this team and this university and how much I wanted to win that game, but I do not regret anything I said.

"I have given nothing but blood, sweat and tears for this university and team ever since I stepped on campus in Columbus and have always put the team before myself. I don't care if I rushed for 20 yards or 200 yards, but I just wanted to win that game.

"I agree that it was the wrong time and place to say that I was going to leave after this year. But I am not leaving after this season because we lost that game. I could have told you a month ago that that was going to be my last game in the Shoe, as you can see I was very emotional before the game.

"Finally, I just want Buckeye Nation to know I am sorry for all the controversy and unrest I caused in the past couple of days. But I promise you all will get a focused and prepared team this Saturday when we travel to Ann Arbor."

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Elliott's apology comes in the wake of the Buckeyes watching their undefeated season come to an end with an upsetting offensive performance. The Spartans played extremely well defensively, holding the Buckeyes to just 132 total yards.

Elliott, who was a Heisman candidate up until Saturday, received just 12 carries and gained just 33 yards.

After the game, the junior running back said the coaching staff didn't put Ohio State in a position to win the game and that he didn't know what was going on with the play-calling and that "there's no chance I'm coming back next year."

Monday, head coach Urban Meyer addressed the comments, saying that he and Elliott put the moment behind them and that he really couldn't disagree with Elliott's assessment.

"Zeke has always been extremely loyal person, a great competitor. He had an infection in his leg early in the week, and just a very emotional week. He's a very well-thought of junior, and he gets a microphone stuck in his face, and obviously, we do not condone that and encourage that," Meyer said. "Our rule is always talk about your teammates and move on. And he came to see me. We had a very long discussion — he's great — and he apologized and he said, 'You know, they didn't have the whole interview in there.' Regardless I'm not going listen to the whole interview, and that doesn't mean a whole lot to me. It does mean a lot that it's causing attention. So, we squashed it as a team. We squashed it as Zeke.

"I just want to make clear, Zeke has been a good student, very loyal, incredible football player. One of the most selfless players I've ever coached and been around."

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.