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Harbaugh cites advice of Belichick, other NFL coaches in hiring new DC Don Brown

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Harbaugh cites advice of Belichick, other NFL coaches in hiring new DC Don Brown

Former NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh said he took the advice of current NFL bosses when it came to selecting his new defensive coordinator at Michigan.

Harbaugh officially announced the hiring of Don Brown as the Wolverines' new DC on Monday after the move had been reported over the weekend. And in the announcement, Harbaugh cited the advice of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (Jim's brother), as well as NFL defensive coordinators Bob Sutton (Chiefs) and Vic Fangio (Bears) as part of the reason for bringing Brown aboard.

"We are very pleased and happy to announce that our top candidate and No. 1 choice, Don Brown, has accepted our offer to become defensive coordinator," Harbaugh said in the announcement. "After a very thorough search and talking with those I respect the most in this game, including Jack Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Bob Sutton, Vic Fangio and others, it led me to Don Brown. Everything he has touched has turned to gold. Just look at his track record as a head coach, defensive coordinator and even as a baseball coach. We are beyond excited to welcome this high character, high achieving individual to our program and university. Teaching and player development are synonymous with coaching, and Don Brown epitomizes those qualities."

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Brown does bring a successful track record to Ann Arbor, most recently spending three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Boston College. This season, he's coached the Eagles to be one of the country's top defenses. BC is No. 1 in the country in total defense, allowing an average of just 254.3 total yards per game, and ranks fourth in scoring defense, allowing an average of only 15.3 points per game.

For his efforts, Brown was named the assistant coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.

Prior to his time at Boston College, Brown worked as the defensive coordinator at both Connecticut and Maryland. He also was a head coach at the FCS level for five seasons, leading UMass to a national championship game appearance in 2006.

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.

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.