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Full contract details still being worked out for Josh Whitman, but he does have a five-year contract worth $600,000 per year. Possible bonuses are the area still being finalized.

Whitman reaction: Brown, others on board

CHAMPAIGN — From one former Illini to another: “I think it’s awesome.”

That is Dee Brown talking about his new boss, Josh Whitman, who was hired Wednesday as Illinois’ athletic director.

Like Brown, Whitman spent his college days at Illinois. Like Brown, when the school called him home, he couldn’t say no.

Tate: Whitman must rebuild brand

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.

Illini roundup: White keys road victory

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).

Whitman to donors: 'WE WILL WIN'

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:

Killeen 'delighted with outcome'

Questions about the UI? Ask Tom Kacich here

Whitman will be busy man at Illinois

By BOB ASMUSSEN and MATT DANIELS

CHAMPAIGN — A former Illini is set to become the new athletic director at Illinois.

Asmussen: Why Whitman's the right choice for athletic director

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Illinois is about to do something out of recent character: make the right choice.

Tate: Hiring AD is tricky business

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.

Tate: New AD faces uphill battle

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?