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Buckeyes' Urban Meyer on Braxton Miller: 'He's playing for Ohio State'

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Buckeyes' Urban Meyer on Braxton Miller: 'He's playing for Ohio State'

It's becoming pretty apparent that everyone at Ohio State believes Braxton Miller will be suiting up in scarlet and gray this season.

And it's becoming somewhat strange that fans and observers keep thinking there's a reason he won't.

As he's said time and time before, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer reiterated Friday that the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year will be a Buckeye when fall camp starts in August.

"He's playing for Ohio State (in the) fall," Meyer told reporters Friday, his quote published by Cleveland.com.

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Meyer has repeatedly stated that Miller has every intention of returning to Columbus for his final year of eligibility, and many have joined him in that assertion, most notably and most recently Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith.

The reason for the doubt, of course, is the upcoming behemoth of a quarterback competition between three extremely talented signal-callers, all of whom many believe could start at the majority of programs in the country.

There's Miller, who was honored as his conference's top offensive player in both 2012 and 2013. Then there's J.T. Barrett, who filled in terrifically for an injured Miller last season en route to being named the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and finishing in the top five in voting for the Heisman Trophy. And there's Cardale Jones, who filled in for an injured Barrett and played marvelously in the Buckeyes' three biggest wins of the year en route to a national championship win.

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It's sure to be the focus of the college football world this summer, and the strength of the competition had many guessing that Miller — who's twice finished in the top 10 in Heisman voting — could bolt for a secure starting job somewhere else.

But Meyer keeps saying he won't.

The head coach also squashed Friday the idea that Miller could play another position, saying the objective is to get Miller back to full health.

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.