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

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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.

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.