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Reports: Terps expected to fire Randy Edsall

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Reports: Terps expected to fire Randy Edsall

How much longer will Randy Edsall be the head football coach at Maryland?

247sports.com reported Thursday that Edsall is likely to be fired following Saturday’s game against Ohio State. Yahoo Sports also reported that Edsall is expected to be fired, though that report said the time that could happen is unclear.

Maryland followed the initial report up with a statement to the Washington Post that didn’t exactly sound like a ringing endorsement.

“Randy Edsall is our football coach, and he will be on sideline Saturday for Ohio State,” a Maryland spokesman told the Washington Post.

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Edsall received a three-year contract extension earlier this year, but the Terps are struggling mightily this season, 2-3 after a pair of blowout losses to West Virginia and Michigan in which Maryland was outscored a combined 73-6.

Few facets of the team have had success through five games. The defense ranks 95th in the FBS, allowing an average of 31.8 points per game. The offense ranks 99th, scoring just 23.6 points per game.

There has also been high-profile uncertainty at quarterback, with preseason position-battle winner Perry Hills replaced after the first two games. Caleb Rowe was Hills’ successor, and he’s thrown an unbelievable amount of interceptions, 12 picks since the fourth quarter of the second game of the season. Rowe was replaced by Daxx Garman, an Oklahoma State transfer, in the second half last week. And this week's depth chart has any one of the three starting against the No. 1 Buckeyes.

Since taking over head-coaching duties with the Terps ahead of the 2011 season, Edsall has compiled a 22-33 record, taking the Terps to a pair of bowl games, both losses. Just once during that tenure has Maryland been ranked in the AP poll.

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.