Top of the Morning, March 9, 2018

Top of the Morning, March 9, 2018

When JOSH WHITMAN was a student at the University of Illinois in the 1990s, there wasn't a ceremony to declare a major.

"Back then, you checked a box and sent in a form," he said. "But it was a big decision."

Twenty years later, the Gies College of Business has turned signing day into an event. A year ago, football coach LOVIE SMITH was the special guest. On Thursday, it was athletic director Whitman's turn.

Whitman met with the students in the atrium of the Business Instructional Facility. The students took pictures with their chosen departments.

Whitman, who earned a finance degree from the school in 2001, said: "My decision to come to the University of Illinois and the education I received here both as an undergraduate and later as a law student have really been the foundation for everything I've been able to do since then. Whether it's my finance degree or law degree, those are things I use literally every day."

On to my weekend recommendations:


"Late Show With Stephen Colbert," 10:30 p.m., CBS

Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and David Byrne of the Talking Heads visit the New York studio. T.O.T.M. is a big fan of "Once in a Lifetime."


"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC

"This Is Us" star Sterling K. Brown takes his first turn as host with James Bay as musical guest. Brown is also part of the monster hit "Black Panther."


NCAA tournament selection show, 5 p.m., TBS

TBS plans to announce all the teams in the field during the first few minutes of the show. Then, the brackets will slowly be revealed. Another example of TV fixing something that wasn't broken.