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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.

 

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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.