Brady Hoke's tenure as the head football coach at Michigan ended poorly, fired after leading the Wolverines to a 5-7 finish in 2014.
Well, Hoke has a new gig as of Saturday, and it's with another one of college football's premier programs.
Hoke was announced as the new defensive coordinator at Oregon on Saturday, his first coaching job after taking a year off following the end of his stay in Ann Arbor.
"We are extremely excited to welcome coach Hoke to the Oregon family," Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said in the announcement. "He's passionate, knowledgeable and tough and has an outstanding track record of success from a defensive standpoint."
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The job is Hoke's first as a defensive coordinator at the college level. He was the Michigan head coach for four seasons and prior to that served as the head coach at both San Diego State and Ball State for a total of eight seasons. Prior to that, he was the defensive line coach at Michigan.
Hoke went 31-20 in his four seasons helming the Wolverines, turning in three disappointing campaigns after an 11-2 record and Sugar Bowl win in his first year. This past season, first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh led Michigan to 10 wins.
Oregon, despite winning nine games and finishing as the No. 15 team in the final College Football Playoff rankings, had one of the country's worst defenses, ranking 116th out of 127 teams and allowing an average of 485.3 total yards of offense per game.
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 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.