Swimming and Diving
At 28, Theo Epstein was the youngest general manager in the history of Major League Baseball ... too young to run the Boston Red Sox.
Really? Two years later in 2004, the Bosox won their first World Series in 86 years and repeated in 2007. He moved to the Chicago Cubs in October 2011, at roughly the same age then as 37-year-old Josh Whitman, new Illini athletic director, is now.
MADISON, Wis. — Chatrice White scored a team-high 28 points, lifting Illinois to a 76-56 victory against Wisconsin on Wednesday night in Big Ten women’s basketball.
Alex Wittinger added 16 points for the Illini (9-17, 2-13 Big Ten).
Shortly after being named the UI’s 14th athletic director, Josh Whitman reached out via email to the school’s I-Fund donors. Tagged “A Special Message from AD Josh Whitman,” the note read:
By BOB ASMUSSEN and MATT DANIELS
CHAMPAIGN — A former Illini is set to become the new athletic director at Illinois.
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Illinois is about to do something out of recent character: make the right choice.
It is the devious nature of the beast that those with the strongest credentials for the UI athletic directorship could not allow themselves to be interviewed last week.
That’s the way it works. Top people don’t apply. Heady programs seek them out.
Question for the day: With long-awaited news ready to pop any day, how many rabbits can a new athletic director pull out of his hat to settle Illini Nation’s unrest?
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The No. 7 Illinois men’s tennis team finished its road trip down Tobacco Road with a 4-0 loss to No. 10 North Carolina a night after beating No. 24 Duke 4-3. The Illini’s lone win against the Tar Heels came at No.
CHAMPAIGN — Defending NCAA wrestling champion Isaiah Martinez saw his 54-match winning streak end, and 11th-ranked Illinois fell 30-15 to top-ranked Penn State on Saturday.
Martinez, ranked first nationally at 157 pounds, was pinned in 4 minutes, 55 seconds by Penn State’s Jason Nolf, who is ranked third nationally.