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Jim Harbaugh makes Alabama and Nick Saban his latest Twitter target

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Jim Harbaugh makes Alabama and Nick Saban his latest Twitter target

Like the killer in a slasher movie or an infestation of ants, the discussion about NCAA satellite camps just won't die.

Justified or not, the SEC still has sour grapes over the sudden spread of satellite camps across college football, and the latest head coach to voice his displeasure was Alabama's Nick Saban. You know, the coach of the reigning national champs and a five-time national championship-winning coach.

Saban made extended comments during the SEC meetings on Tuesday, going after the involvement of third parties in the running of these camps rather than the typical SEC target of a recruiting advantage for programs from other parts of the country infringing on SEC territory.

And because the poster child for satellite camps is Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh — who seems to be holding a camp in every state in the union every day of the upcoming month of June — of course his name came up.

"I'm not blaming Jim Harbaugh, I'm not saying anything about him," Saban said, his quotes published over at Dr. Saturday. "I'm just saying it's bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do. I'm not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that's what's best. There needs to be somebody that looks out for what's best for the game, not what's best for the Big Ten or what's best for the SEC, or what's best for Jim Harbaugh, but what's best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That's bigger than all of this."

Despite Saban saying he didn't care what Harbaugh does, Harbaugh — who has a mighty quick trigger finger on Twitter and has put several coaches in his crosshairs this offseason — took it personally and launched a counter-attack on social media.

Add Saban to the list of SEC head honchos Harbaugh has targeted via Twitter, the Crimson Tide coach joining Tennessee's Butch Jones, Georgia's Kirby Smart and Mississippi's Hugh Freeze.

Regardless of how things play out on the field or in the recruiting rankings, Harbaugh is making sure he is competitive in the war of words.

Oh, and if you're interested, here's video of Saban's comments.

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

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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

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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.