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Ohio State reportedly offers head-coaching job to Creighton's Greg McDermott


Ohio State reportedly offers head-coaching job to Creighton's Greg McDermott

A wild night of coaching rumors reportedly ended with Ohio State making an offer.

According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Ohio State offered Creighton head coach Greg McDermott the reins of the Buckeyes basketball program after meeting with him Wednesday night.

Wednesday night was a madhouse of rumors concerning the Buckeyes and their recently vacated head-coaching position, which became available when the school ended Thad Matta's 13-year tenure earlier this week.

First came a report that Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg was a "real candidate," that big name creating a Twitter buzz. But that buzz was brief, as not long after reports came in that Hoiberg wasn't interested.

Goodman reported during Hoiberg-mania that McDermott was meeting with the Buckeyes, upgraded him to a "serious candidate" and reported news of the offer.

McDermott might seem like a consolation prize after everyone got excited about the prospects of an NBA coach ditching an iconic franchise to go to Columbus. But McDermott has had a solid amount of success in seven seasons at Creighton, making four NCAA tournament appearances and winning three Missouri Valley Conference titles before the Bluejays moved to the Big East.

Speculation after Matta's firing figured that Big East coaches Chris Mack and Chris Holtmann — of Xavier and Butler, respectively — would be logical candidates. Some pie-in-the-sky thoughts included NBA coaches Brad Stevens and Billy Donovan before Hoiberg's name was tossed around Wednesday night.

The illustrious Matta Era came to an end Monday, when offseason recruiting misses added to the diminishing win totals in recent seasons forced athletics director Gene Smith to make an unfortunate but understandable decision. Matta is Ohio State's all-time winningest coach.

Should McDermott be the next head man in Columbus, he'll have some big expectations to live up to. While Matta's teams missed the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons, he did lead the program to a pair of Final Fours.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


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.