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


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.

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.