For anyone hoping that Urban Meyer's first game-week press conference of the season would reveal who will be starting at quarterback for Ohio State, you're just going to have to wait.
Meyer had a short and sweet explanation for when he'd announce whether J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones is the guy getting the starting nod for the Buckeyes when they open their defense of their national championship against Virginia Tech on Labor Day night.
"The quarterback situation, we'll announce the starter when the first guy takes the snap," Meyer said. "It's still very close. Both guys are performing very well."
So there's that.
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No position battle in college football has been more hyped this offseason than the competition for the Buckeyes' starting QB job. Barrett brings a regular season worth of terrific play, breaking Big Ten records and finishing fifth in Heisman voting. Jones dazzled in the postseason in the wake of Barrett's injury, leading the Buckeyes to wins in their three biggest games of the season: the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin, the Sugar Bowl against Alabama and the national championship game against Oregon.
To find out which is going to get the nod, you'll have to be tuned in to that game against the Hokies.
"I imagined if one of them was way ahead I probably would announce it, but they're not," Meyer said.
"The guy that's going to give us the best chance to move down the field is going to be the guy taking the snap."
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.