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Terps fire Randy Edsall, name Mike Locksley interim head coach

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Terps fire Randy Edsall, name Mike Locksley interim head coach

Randy Edsall's tenure as the Maryland head football coach is over.

Maryland athletics director Kevin Anderson announced Sunday that Edsall was relieved of his head-coaching duties, just a couple days following reports that Edsall's firing was imminent.

“We appreciate Randy’s tireless commitment to the University of Maryland,” Anderson said in the announcement. “This was a difficult decision, but ultimately this is the best course of action for our football program moving forward.”

Edsall compiled a 22-33 record in five seasons with the Terps, reaching bowl games in each of the past two seasons. But both of those postseason appearances resulted in losses, and Edsall's teams never finished better than .500 in conference play.

The Terps are off to a 2-4 start this season, with several of those losses coming in embarrassing fashion. Maryland lost, 45-6, to West Virginia before getting shut out by Michigan, 28-0. Saturday, the Terps led against No. 1 Ohio State and had the game tied in the third quarter, but the Buckeyes pulled away and won, 49-28.

Edsall made some headlines Saturday by storming out of his press conference after giving an angry answer when asked about some of his pregame behavior.

Anderson also announced that offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will take over as interim head coach. Locksley has head-coaching experience having coached New Mexico from 2009 to 2011. He was also an assistant under Ron Zook at Illinois from 2005 to 2008. Before joining Edsall's staff in 2012, Locksley was a Maryland assistant from 1998 to 2002.

"Having spent more than a decade with the Maryland football program over the course of his career, I feel Mike is best suited to effectively guide our program through the remainder of the 2015 season,” Anderson said. “Mike has previous head coaching experience and is well-respected both locally and nationally."

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.