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Will injury lead to redshirt for Badgers' Corey Clement?


Will injury lead to redshirt for Badgers' Corey Clement?

With Corey Clement slated to miss a month or month-and-a-half long chunk of the middle of this season, the question of a redshirt is a perfectly valid one.

Clement did great things in two seasons playing behind Melvin Gordon. Supposed to ascend to the next great Wisconsin running back this season, a nagging groin injury that turned out to be a sports hernia that will require surgery, the Badgers announced Thursday, limited him to just eight carries in the season-opener and knocked him out of the past two games. With just that handful of rushing attempts to his season — and with that number set to stay there until late October or early November at the earliest — a medical redshirt might be the way to go so Wisconsin gets two more seasons of Clement and Clement gets two more seasons of college football in 2016 and 2017.

According to Clement, it sounds like a possibility. But the running back alluded to the fact that the decision on whether to sit out the remainder of 2015 will depend on what the Badgers do in his absence. If he can come back and provide an extra spark for a team competing for a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, it might be worth it to forget the redshirt. If Clement's absence causes Wisconsin to tumble down the Big Ten West standings, maybe keeping Clement on the sidelines would be a smarter move.

That was the junior's thinking when he addressed reporters Thursday.

“The goal I came in with is to be a true freshman, true sophomore, true junior and never be redshirted or take a medical. Who knows? If I come back feeling 100 percent and I feel like going — who knows? Redshirt might be there, might not," he said. "But that’s something I have to talk to (head coach Paul) Chryst and (running backs coach John) Settle about. What’s the best decision, just to hold me out or just see what I can do? If my team keeps winning throughout the Big Ten and I’m able to come back, then I think it’s going to be a strong possibility that I do come back and keep playing with my teammates.”

[MORE BIG TEN: Badgers' Corey Clement to have hernia surgery, out four to six weeks]

But what if they don't keep winning?

“That’s another story," Clement said. "Got to be smart with that. If the chances are unlikely for us to get back to the Big Ten championship, then I might have to — who knows? — tone it down and just take a redshirt or try to get my year back.”

So, have we seen the last of Clement in 2015? Obviously, the majority of that depends on Clement's recovery. But looking at the Badgers' schedule, it's very possible they could be heading toward another spot in the conference title game. After this weekend's game against Hawaii, Big Ten play opens with games against Iowa and Nebraska before an easy stretch of conference games against Purdue, Illinois, Rutgers and Maryland. It could set up all-important games against Northwestern and Minnesota to determine the West champ.

Clement could make a big difference in those games. And it's then that the redshirt question will be a very big one.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.