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Buckeyes: Odd Braxton Miller comment has everyone talking transfer again


Buckeyes: Odd Braxton Miller comment has everyone talking transfer again

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.

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.