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More off-court issues for Hoosiers as Holt, Bryant cited for alcohol possession

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More off-court issues for Hoosiers as Holt, Bryant cited for alcohol possession

The past couple seasons have featured a high frequency of legal issues for Indiana basketball players, and that trend doesn't appear to be changing.

WTHR initially reported Monday and Indiana later confirmed that Emmitt Holt and Thomas Bryant were cited for underage possession of alcohol on Friday.

The athletics department released a bare-bones statement Monday afternoon.

"We are aware that men's basketball players Emmitt Holt and Thomas Bryant were each cited Friday for underage possession of alcohol. We take this matter very seriously and are continuing to gather information."

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Underage possession of alcohol by itself might not seem the biggest of deals for a pair pf college kids, but the truth is that these incidents — to various degrees of severity — have been piling up for the past few years now for the Hoosiers, leading to plenty of outside criticism directed at head coach Tom Crean.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis were dismissed from the team in May after the two were involved in an incident involving marijuana.

This after Holt and Davis were involved in an incident last fall, when Holt, who had been drinking, was operating a vehicle that struck Davis as he was exiting the vehicle, leading to a severe injury for Davis. That earned Holt a four-game suspension. Before that, Mosquera-Perea was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Additionally last year, Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were cited for minor consumption and possession of false identification. Robinson — who has since transferred — and Troy Williams were suspended for the first four games of last season for failed drug tests.

So the frequency of these off-the-court legal issues is the sticking point for many. Crean took action earlier this year, dismissing Mosquera-Perea and Davis. Will a similar fate await Holt, who now has multiple off-the-court issues? Bryant is a recently arrived freshman yet to play a game with the Hoosiers.

 

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.