Another week, more shocking and unfortunate news coming out of Piscataway.
Rutgers, mired in a seemingly endless stream of negative headlines stemming from off-the-field issues, announced some more bad news on Sunday. Head coach Kyle Flood told reporters during a teleconference that star receiver Leonte Carroo has been suspended.
"Leonte Carroo has been suspended from our program as a result of an incident that happened last night outside our stadium that's currently under investigation,'' Flood said. His quotes were published by NJ.com. "Until that investigation concludes I'll have no further comment."
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Flood said that the incident occurred after Saturday's loss to Washington State.
Carroo is Rutgers' best player, and this is already his second suspension of the season. He was one of several Knights suspended for the first half of the season-opener after missing curfew. But Carroo returned after halftime and caught three passes in that game for 129 yards and a trio of touchdowns. He caught four passes Saturday for 52 yards.
It's the latest in an avalanche of bad news for Rutgers. Flood remains under investigation by the university for potentially violating a rule forbidding coaches from communicating with professors regarding student-athletes' grades. Then came the suspensions for the first half of the season-opener. That was followed by arrests of five players, four on assault charges and another on charges stemming from a home invasion and robbery. Those five players were all dismissed from the program right before that season-opener. Flood dismissed a walk-on player last week.
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 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.