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Ex-Michigan head coach Brady Hoke named Oregon's new defensive coordinator


Ex-Michigan head coach Brady Hoke named Oregon's new defensive coordinator

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.

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.