Another Michigan basketball player will spend the offseason recovering.
The Wolverines announced Wednesday that junior guard Zak Irvin will undergo a back procedure and be sidelined for the next six to eight weeks.
"We expect a 100-percent recovery for Zak after this procedure," head coach John Beilein said in the announcement. "We will not rush his return, but given Zak's work habits and determined attitude, we anticipate he will be back on the court and at full speed sometime near the beginning of our season."
Eight weeks from Wednesday is Nov. 4. The Wolverines start their 2015-16 season with an exhibition game against LeMoyne on Nov. 6.
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Irvin was leaned on heavily last season as the other two-thirds of Michigan's trio of top players, Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton Jr., sat on the bench with season-ending injuries. Irvin started all 32 of Michigan's games and averaged 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
In addition to the recoveries from last season's injuries to LeVert and Walton and the new recovery for Irvin, Michigan also must deal with the recovery of Spike Albrecht, who had hip surgery earlier this offseason.
But those injuries last season came with a silver lining in the form of experience for younger players, and because of it, Michigan is expected to be very deep and be one of the better teams in the Big Ten this season.
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 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.