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Creighton's Greg McDermott latest reported coaching candidate at Ohio State

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Creighton's Greg McDermott latest reported coaching candidate at Ohio State

While the internet lit up Wednesday night over a report linking Bulls head Fred Hoiberg to the open head-coaching gig at Ohio State, the Buckeyes were reportedly meeting with another option to succeed Thad Matta.

Shortly after CBS Sports' Gary Parrish tweeted out his report calling Hoiberg a "real candidate," ESPN's Jeff Goodman countered with a report that Ohio State was meeting with Creighton head coach Greg McDermott on Wednesday night.

And Goodman had his own info regarding Hoiberg.

Goodman went on to dub McDermott a "serious candidate" in a later report.

The coaching carousel spins wildly in these types of high-profile searches, and just as Hoiberg became the center of Twitter's attention, here comes McDermott into the mix.

Interestingly enough, it was McDermott who preceded Hoiberg at Iowa State, coaching the Cyclones for four mostly unsuccessful seasons before Hoiberg jolted the program to life with four straight NCAA tournament appearances and back-to-back conference-tournament titles in the always-competitive Big 12.

McDermott has done solid work at Creighton, though, taking the Bluejays to four NCAA tournaments in his seven seasons there. Six of those campaigns ended with at least 20 wins, and he won a total of three Missouri Valley championships before Creighton's move to the Big East.

McDermott isn't as big a name as Hoiberg, though he's been mentioned for some time as someone who could make a move to a larger program. That being said, he's never made it past the Round of 32 in the Big Dance and has won more than 10 conference games just once since the Bluejays joined the Big East.

McDermott's son is Doug McDermott, who played for his dad for four seasons, was the consensus national player of the year in 2014 and played for Hoiberg and the Bulls in the NBA.

The elder McDermott has had a long career as a head coach, leading Wayne State, North Dakota State and Northern Iowa before taking over at Iowa State and later Creighton. All in all, he's turned in a 445-276 record in 23 seasons as a college head coach.

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.