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


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.

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.