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Hoosiers give Kevin Wilson new six-year contract


Hoosiers give Kevin Wilson new six-year contract

Indiana's first bowl appearance since 2007 means a shiny new contract for head coach Kevin Wilson.

After a season in which the Hoosiers won six games and reached the postseason for just the second time since 1993, the university rewarded Wilson with a new six-year contract that, according to details from the Indianapolis Star, nearly doubles his salary from $1.31 million to $2.55 million annually.

Wilson had two years remaining on his contract, the seven-year deal he got when he was hired by Indiana ahead of the 2011 season. His new six-year contract makes him one of the two longest-contracted coaches in the Big Ten, the other being Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

"This contract reflects our commitment to Kevin, to continuity and to Indiana University football," Indiana athletics director Fred Glass said in the announcement. "Kevin has done a great job building our program into one that is competitive with the great teams of the Big Ten and the nation. We are confident that he will continue to lead us to sustained success on the field and in the classroom."

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"Coupled with an already solid foundation, this ensures stability as we continue to build a winning program in the Big Ten East, one of the great divisions in college football," Wilson said in the announcement. "The administration has shown a total commitment to our program development, continuity, staffing, recruiting and facilities and has invested heavily in the development of and experience for our students. We are excited for the opportunity and embrace the challenge ahead. My family and I love Indiana, and we are all proud Hoosiers."

Indiana's six-win campaign in 2015 might not seem like much when compared to college football powers that win double-digit games on an annual basis, but it was one of just 22 seasons of at least six wins in program history. The Hoosiers have been playing football since 1899.

The Hoosiers started the season 4-0 before losing six straight, though they continued to display a high level of competitiveness with some of the Big Ten's elite programs, having a chance to win in the final seconds against both Ohio State and Michigan this season. Two wins to close the regular season against Maryland and Purdue secured a bowl berth.

Indiana lost a mighty exciting Pinstripe Bowl to Duke on a missed field goal in overtime. Still, it was the first postseason trip for the Hoosiers since 2007's loss in the Insight Bowl and just the second since 1993's loss in the Independence Bowl.

In his fifth season in Bloomington, Wilson has a 20-41 overall and an 8-32 mark in Big Ten play.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


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


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.