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Report: Hoosiers to dismiss head football coach Kevin Wilson

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Report: Hoosiers to dismiss head football coach Kevin Wilson

Surprising news out of Bloomington, where Indiana is reportedly set to dismiss head football coach Kevin Wilson.

Gregg Doyel and Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star reported that the Hoosiers would end Wilson's tenure with an announcement Thursday evening.

ESPN followed shortly thereafter with a report that Wilson has been fired, adding these details about the potential reason:

If such circumstances are the cause of Wilson's dismissal, it would be a similar situation to the one that led to Illinois firing Tim Beckman just a year ago.

It seems to be a further example of the "old-school" attitude of some coaches, the kind that ended Beckman's tenure at Illinois.

A former player who was coached by Wilson during Wilson's time as an assistant at Oklahoma tweeted the following Thursday afternoon:

Wilson's Hoosiers clinched bowl eligibility for the second straight season with a win over Purdue last weekend. After appearing in last season's Pinstripe Bowl, Indiana is set for a second straight bowl appearance for the first time since 1991.

Last year's trip to the postseason was the program's first since 2007 and just its second since 1993.

This was Wilson's sixth season as the head coach at Indiana. He has a 26-47 overall record and a 12-37 mark in conference games while leading the Hoosiers. This year's 4-5 finish in conference play was the team's best during Wilson's tenure.

A win in the bowl game would give Indiana a 7-6 record, its first above-.500 finish since 2007.

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.