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Chris Peacock knows Josh Whitman. And he knows Illinois athletics.
Peacock and Whitman worked together at Illinois from 2005 to ’08. When Whitman became the athletic director at Washington University, he brought Peacock to the St. Louis school as his right-hand man, naming him deputy director.
Now, Whitman is in charge at Illinois.
Happy 50th birthday to former Illini basketball co-captain Glynn Blackwell.
CHAMPAIGN — Illini senior Jessica Clifford and freshman Madeline Kuhn are scheduled to compete in the NCAA Zone Championships beginning Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind.
URBANA — With trustee approval under his belt, new University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has lots to ponder once he officially takes over on Saturday.
What's first on his list? It's up to Whitman, according to interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson.
What's going on with Illinois athletics? What are the biggest challenges Josh Whitman faces? Will John Groce be around for a fifth season? Does Bill Cubit have a chance to coach Illinois beyond 2016? How does The News-Gazette handle coverage of certain events? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all inquiries in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions beforehand.
Like Blockbuster and pay telephone booths, the college coach who doubles as athletic director is obsolete. Outmoded. A relic of time past.
ADs are mostly businessmen today, backgrounded in administration or holding a law degree like the UI’s Josh Whitman. They have oversight responsibilities for multiple sports, but their principal job is schmoozing donors and updating facilities.
Josh Whitman will officially become the 14th permanent athletic director in Illinois history on March 21. A look at his predecessors:
Mike Thomas 2011-2015
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Josh Whitman is the newest athletic director in the Big Ten. How the league’s athletic leaders stack up in terms of seniority and age (*interim):
AD: Josh Whitman
Starting: March 21, 2016
AD: Beth Goetz*
AD since: Aug. 7, 2015
Josh Whitman will get to know all 19 head coaches at Illinois better in the coming weeks. Here’s what we’re thinking the conversations will be like:
CHAMPAIGN — Paul Kowalczyk will still handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Illinois athletic director’s office until Josh Whitman officially starts on March 21.
Papers will still need to be signed. The routine operations of the office will continue while Whitman transitions from Washington University in St. Louis to Illinois.