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Report: Hoosiers, Purdue among Spike Albrecht's transfer options

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Report: Hoosiers, Purdue among Spike Albrecht's transfer options

Michigan head coach John Beilein allowed Spike Albrecht to transfer within the Big Ten, and now Albrecht might do just that.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Monday that Albrecht, a graduate transfer from the Wolverines, is considering a host of schools at which to play college basketball next season, two of which are Michigan's conference rivals Indiana and Purdue.

Albrecht is a Crown Point, Ind., native, so seeing the Hoosiers and Boilermakers pop up on his list makes plenty of sense.

Albrecht was initially not allowed to transfer within the Big Ten, as Beilein placed restrictions on both Albrecht and fellow transfer Ricky Doyle. But a brief controversy arose over that decision, and Beilein reversed course a few days later.

Now, Beilein isn't the final decision-maker when it comes to an intra-conference transfer. The Big Ten itself has to give its OK to Albrecht if he chooses to transfer to Indiana, Purdue or any other school within the league. But the conference has shown willingness to allow such a move in recent seasons, allowing it just last offseason when Max Bielfeldt transferred away from Michigan to play at Indiana, where he earned the conference's Sixth Man of the Year honors this past season.

Albrecht, a graduate transfer, would be eligible to play right away.

Albrecht was an important contributor for the past four seasons in Ann Arbor. As a freshman, he scored 17 points in the national championship game loss to Louisville in 2013. As a sophomore, he averaged more than 15 minutes a game as a backup point guard, and he was forced into a starting role as a junior, averaging 7.5 points a game and 3.9 assists a game in 32 minutes a game. Last season, he appeared in only nine games before missing the remainder of the season while recovering from multiple hip surgeries.

Both Indiana and Purdue have found success with graduate transfers in recent seasons. The Hoosiers got an important piece in Bielfeldt for a run to the Sweet Sixteen this past season, while the Boilers have brought in two graduate-transfer point guards in each of the last two seasons in Jon Octeus and Johnny Hill.

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.