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Dantonio, Bielema set Twitter lunch date for Michigan's practice in Florida

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Dantonio, Bielema set Twitter lunch date for Michigan's practice in Florida

College football coaches getting up in arms over Jim Harbaugh's practices in Florida doesn't seem to be something that's going to stop anytime soon.

But now it appears they're taking the passive-aggressive route.

Michigan's spring break practices at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., are causing all sorts of consternation among those who think he's doing something wrong from a recruiting standpoint. But one of those workarounds to make sure no NCAA violations were occurring was to make one of the practices open to the public.

Well, former Wisconsin head coach and current Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema? He's a member of the public.

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That was pretty good. But then one of Harbaugh's biggest Big Ten rivals one-upped the former Badger head man.

Mark Dantonio is a member of the public, too, and a quote-tweeter of Bielema.

Whether Bielema and Dantonio or any other college coach is actually planning to attend or not remains to be seen. But the tweeting, that's fun.

And it continues Dantonio's offseason of tweeting regarding Harbaugh. The Michigan State head coach tweeted — then quickly deleted — a thinly veiled shot at the Michigan head coach after a few players had their scholarship offers pulled by Harbaugh last month.

It's a rivalry that cannot be contained on a football field.

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.