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Cold water tossed on Fred Hoiberg speculation as Ohio State rumor mill keeps churning

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Cold water tossed on Fred Hoiberg speculation as Ohio State rumor mill keeps churning

Just another fun-filled spin on college hoops' coaching carousel.

It didn't take long for the Fred Hoiberg-to-Ohio State rumors to get shot down on Wednesday night, with several reports, including one from CSN's Vincent Goodwill, indicating the Bulls' head coach has no interest in leaving an iconic NBA franchise for one of the top jobs at the collegiate level.

The short-lived madness started when CBS Sports' Gary Parrish tweeted that Hoiberg was a "real candidate" in the search to succeed Thad Matta, whose 13-year tenure at Ohio State came to an end earlier this week.

But the speculation turned out to be brief when Hoiberg indicated his desire to stick with the Bulls.

While other NBA coaches mentioned on internet lists of potential candidates earlier this week seemed a tad unrealistic — Brad Stevens and Billy Donovan are coaching perennial playoff teams in Boston and Oklahoma City, respectively — Hoiberg leaving the pros for a college gig didn't seem terribly implausible. He had a wildly successful run at Iowa State, leading his alma mater to four straight NCAA tournament appearances, and hasn't had much success with the Bulls, earning one No. 8 playoff seed in two seasons.

But an NBA coach leaving for a job at a lower level is a rarity for a reason.

Hoiberg's lack of interest doesn't mean the Buckeyes aren't making progress in their search, though, as another report Wednesday night said Creighton's Greg McDermott was meeting with Ohio State and had become a "serious candidate."

McDermott, who has had a decent amount of success in seven years leading the Bluejays, isn't the big name Hoiberg is, but a coach of his level seems more in line with someone who would jump up from a smaller program to replace Matta.

Until next time, let the coaching carousel keep on spinning.

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.