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Report: Hoosiers to dismiss head football coach Kevin Wilson


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.

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.