If Braxton Miller isn't transferring from Ohio State, he should pick his words a little more carefully.
That or he's just messing with everyone.
The Buckeyes quarterback — one of three expected to be competing for the starting job starting next month — tweeted about his successful visit with a doctor Wednesday. When the Columbus Dispatch asked him what that meant for his future, he told them he will announce his plans for the future next week.
Cue the hysteria.
For months, talk of a Miller transfer from Ohio State has been commonplace. Observers have assumed that because of the incredibly difficult position battle that awaits Miller in fall camp that he might bolt to another program, easily earn the starting job and be immediately eligible to play considering he's already graduated. Rumors have linked him to Florida State, Alabama and Oregon.
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That talk has been commonplace everywhere but from the Buckeyes themselves. Urban Meyer has said what seems like a thousand times that Miller will be back at Ohio State next season. Athletics director Gene Smith has said it. Miller's dad has said it.
There's little reason to expect Miller won't be wearing scarlet and gray when the season begins, mostly because if he really wanted to transfer he would've done it a long time ago and not in July, when there's so little time to learn everything there is to learn about a new team.
But, there's also no doubt that Miller's comment to the Dispatch was weird. There's no reason to announce that nothing is changing.
So I guess wait until next week for Miller's big announcement. Whatever it might be.
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 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.