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Report: Michigan bringing in Boston College's Don Brown as new DC

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Report: Michigan bringing in Boston College's Don Brown as new DC

Michigan has boasted one of the country's best defenses this season. And the leader of one of the few to turn in even better numbers is reportedly coming to Ann Arbor.

According to a Sunday report from Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans, Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown is set to become Jim Harbaugh's new defensive coordinator at Michigan, replacing D.J. Durkin, who left earlier this offseason to become the new head coach at Maryland.

Brown's Eagles have been one of the nation's finest defenses this season. BC is No. 1 in the country in total defense, allowing an average of just 254.3 total yards per game, and ranks fourth in scoring defense, allowing an average of only 15.3 points per game.

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Michigan wasn't too far behind this season, ranking fourth in total defense, allowing an average of 281.3 total yards per game, and 11th in scoring defense, allowing an average of 17.2 points per game.

Brown was recognized as the assistant coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.

Brown spent three seasons at Boston College and turned in impressive statistical performances in all three. Before running the Eagles' defense, he was the defensive coordinator at both Connecticut and Maryland. He was the head coach of UMass for five seasons and led the Minutemen to an appearance in the FCS national championship game in 2006.

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.