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Reports: Rutgers can't land Rhode Island's Dan Hurley as next basketball coach

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Reports: Rutgers can't land Rhode Island's Dan Hurley as next basketball coach

According to several Wednesday reports, Rutgers' top choice to succeed Eddie Jordan as the head basketball coach of the Scarlet Knights won't be coming to New Jersey.

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein and NJ.com's Keith Sargeant reported that Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley has withdrawn his name for consideration for the position.

Hurley was widely reported as the leading candidate to become the next head coach at Rutgers, his second time as a top candidate, as Hurley and Rutgers couldn't reach an agreement when the job was open in 2013. Well, that has happened again.

Hurley is a New Jersey native, the son of legendary high school coach Bob Hurley. He played at Seton Hall and was a Rutgers assistant from 1997 to 2001. Hurley has spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Rhode Island, where he's led the Rams to a 62-64 record, going 40-25 in the past two campaigns. His brother, Bobby, famously played at Duke and is currently the head coach at Arizona State.

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Though a CBS Sports report quoted a source as saying that Hurley was very much impressed by new Rutgers athletics director Patrick Hobbs, Hurley ultimately decided to continue his rebuilding project at Rhode Island.

The job has been vacant since last Thursday, when Jordan was fired a day after the Knights' final game of the season, a loss to Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament. Rutgers' first two seasons in the Big Ten did not go well, with the team winning just three of its 36 regular-season conference games.

Aforementioned reports listed George Washington head coach Mike Lonergan, Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell and former Duke star and Bulls top draft pick Jay Williams as potential candidates now that Hurley has taken his name out of consideration.

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.