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Former No. 1 running back Derrick Green transferring from Michigan


Former No. 1 running back Derrick Green transferring from Michigan

Derrick Green was the No. 1 running back recruit in the Class of 2013. Three years later, he's transferring away from Michigan.

After reports of that happening earlier this winter, Green confirmed the decision to The Michigan Insider on Wednesday, providing the website with a lengthy statement:

“First and foremost I'd like to thank my coaches, teammates, professors and most of all the fans. Your support throughout the years has been greatly appreciated. You will be missed but not forgotten. I've decided to end my football career at the University of Michigan. I'm currently pursuing my bachelor's degree and will transfer upon graduating this spring.

“I've been blessed to play at Michigan for the last few years. Some of the best times of my life have been on that football field. I have worked hard to achieve excellence on and off the field and will be proudly graduating this May. My experience at Michigan has been one I will never forget. I am grateful to leave with a Michigan degree and lots of amazing memories. I will always be a Michigan Man at heart. I am excited to see what the future holds as I close this chapter of my life and begin a new one. I will be pursuing my Master’s degree and continuing my football career next season. I hope my fans continue to support me as I embark upon this new journey. Last but not least, I would like to thank God because even as one door closes he is already preparing new ones to open.”

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Green was a five-star recruit back in 2013, the top-ranked running back in that class and a top-10 overall recruit out of Richmond, Va.

In three seasons in Ann Arbor, Green carried the ball 212 times for 898 yards and seven touchdowns. As a freshman in 2013, he appeared in 11 games and racked up 270 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2014, he had 82 carries in just six games, gaining 471 yards and scoring three touchdowns. As a junior this past season in Jim Harbaugh's first year, he wasn't utilized nearly as much, appearing in eight games but getting just 47 carries, 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Wolverines have a crowded backfield, even without Green, with De'Veon Smith, Drake Johnson and Ty Isaac fighting for carries.

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.