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PETA says Michigan players who owned wallaby 'dropped the ball'


PETA says Michigan players who owned wallaby 'dropped the ball'

PETA vs. the Big Ten. It's becoming an increasingly common occurrence.

This past December, you might remember, the well-known activism group advocating for the ethical treatment of animals was very upset — and rightfully so — after a Nebraska defensive lineman Jack Gangwish killed a raccoon with a wrench. Gangwish's actions were idiotic and cruel, as he killed the raccoon after he stopped to take a selfie with it and it bit him on the leg.

Well, PETA is once again angry at a group of Big Ten football players, though this time it's not over cruelty, rather questionable actions involving a wallaby. Yeah, you read that right.

Last week, a group of Michigan football players, including quarterback Shane Morris and wide receiver Jack Wangler, revealed they have been keeping a wallaby as a pet.

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Shortly after this, the wallaby was listed as for sale on a website called Exotic Animals For Sale, and though Wangler's name was attached to the listing, the football players claimed they didn't actually own the wallaby (despite the phrase "owning a wallaby in our home" in Morris' tweet).

PETA tried to get the wallaby to the Detroit Zoo, and the group was in contact with the supposed owner of the wallaby, who isn't a member of the Michigan football team, even offering a few hundred dollars to ensure the wallaby had a good home at the zoo. The Michigan student wanted more money and after talking with a couple of people from PETA decided to return the wallaby to the breeder he got it from.

It's a ridiculously detailed situation, and you can find all those details over at

The bottom line is that PETA isn't happy, and one of the principles involved in this whole ordeal made thematically appropriate wolverine and football references in a statement of disappointment.

"Ultimately a wallaby doesn't belong in a private home any more than a wolverine does," PETA deputy director of captive animal law enforcement Brittany Peet said. "These students and the University of Michigan had an opportunity to step up and set a great example by allowing the wallaby to spend the rest of its life with other wallabies in a natural habitat in an accredited facility. Unfortunately, they dropped the ball."

Everyone should be nice to animals, though if you're playing football at a Big Ten school, you should be especially nice to animals. Because PETA seems to have it's eye on you.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


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


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.