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Penn State makes Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead offensive coordinator


Penn State makes Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead offensive coordinator

Penn State has found its new offensive coordinator.

Joe Moorhead, who's spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Fordham, joined James Franklin's coaching staff Saturday, replacing the fired John Donovan.

Moorhead had success at the FCS level, leading Fordham to three straight playoff appearances, totaling 32 wins in those three seasons. In four years, he posted a 38-13 record, winning 12 games in 2013 and 11 games in 2014.

Prior to his head-coaching stint at Fordham, Moorhead worked as an assistant at Connecticut, Akron, Georgetown and Pitt. He served as offensive coordinator at Connecticut, Akron and Georgetown.

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"We are very excited to have Joe join our Penn State football family," Franklin said in the announcement. "He has distinguished himself as a head coach who made a dramatic impact at Fordham University. His approach and vision offensively is very similar to ours: hard-nosed, blue collar and explosive.

"We completed an exhaustive search of many candidates, and his name kept rising to the top. Many factors led to this decision. Joe's makeup as a person and leader is outstanding. He is originally from Pittsburgh and has strong relationships throughout Pennsylvania and the region. He brings invaluable perspective to our staff as a former head coach. Most importantly his offensive production as a coordinator and head coach speaks for itself."

Moorhead's UConn offense ranked 57th in the FBS in 2009, averaging 387.2 yards per game. In 2010, it ranked 96th, averaging 325.8 yards per game.

He'll be tasked with turning around a Penn State offense that ranked 13th out of 14 Big Ten teams in total offense, averaging just 344 yards per game. And many expect that offense to be without experienced quarterback Christian Hackenberg, meaning in addition to improving a struggling offense, Moorhead will have to break in a new quarterback. Fortunately, the Nittany Lions do have a burgeoning star at running back in Saquon Barkley, who went over 1,000 yards rushing as a freshman this season.

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.