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Kentucky linebackers coach Andy Buh is Terps' new defensive coordinator

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Kentucky linebackers coach Andy Buh is Terps' new defensive coordinator

Not long after losing new defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, Maryland has his replacement in place.

Andy Buh, who spent the past season as Kentucky's outside linebackers coach, was announced as the Terps' new defensive coordinator on Tuesday.

Buh has had a trio of previous defensive coordinator jobs with FBS teams, at Stanford, Nevada and Cal. Both Buh and first-year Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin were assistants on Jim Harbaugh's staff at Stanford during the 2007 season. Buh also has Big Ten experience, coaching linebackers at Wisconsin in 2012.

“I’m excited that we were able to get a quality coach like Andy to join our staff,” Durkin said in the school's announcement. “I’ve known Andy since our time at Stanford, and I think he’s an excellent fit for our program. He brings with him a wealth of experience, and I’m thrilled to have him on board.”

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Shafer left the program at the end of last week to deal with personal matters. Shafer was part of an impressive coaching staff Durkin assembled this offseason that included three assistants who were FBS head coaches last season. Shafer spent the past three seasons as the head coach at Syracuse, defensive line coach Mike London was the Virginia head coach for the past six seasons, and special teams coordinator Pete Lembo was the head coach at Ball State for the past five seasons.

“I’ve known Scott for many years," Buh said in the announcement. "He’s one of the best defensive minds in our game, and I wish him and his family the best moving forward. At the same time, I’m excited by this opportunity and to be reunited with a great friend and football coach in D.J. Durkin. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the staff, players and people that make the University of Maryland great.”

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.